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Cobrico peat fire update

POSTED: 
23 March 2018

The peat fire at Cobrico continues to emit smoke, challenging both emergency services and the local community.

Incident Controller Mark Gunning said overnight residents in a localised area near the fire were relocated, due to poor air quality being detected.

“The relief centre at the Terang Civic Hall was set up by Corangamite Shire, where around 40 people stayed overnight. Health checks were conducted and one person was taken to hospital for further monitoring,” he said.

It is expected that more people will be relocated today, with the air quality remaining poor around the peat fire.

The many local and state government agencies, continue to work collaboratively together, including CFA, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria Police, Agriculture Victoria, and the Corangamite Shire, to plan the next stage of the emergency response.

Shifting winds over the coming days may change the direction of the smoke and the area of the community which will be impacted. 

There are two other smaller peat fires in the broader fire area at Garvoc and Lake Ellingamite.

“If anyone is concerned that their health is being impacted by the fires, they can call into the Terang Civic Hall to be assessed,” Mr Gunning said.

A community meeting will be held at 1pm today, Friday 23 March, at the Timboon Civic Centre, 57 Bailey Street. In Cobden, a meeting will also be held at 4pm in the Civic Hall, 53-55 Victoria Street.

Further information is available at http://emergency.vic.gov.au/relief/#southwest_fires_march_2018