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Terang fire declared contained

POSTED: 
20 March 2018

A huge effort by firefighters and aircraft has led to the Terang fire being declared contained at approximately 11pm on Monday 19 March 2018.  

Colac Incident Control Centre Incident Controller, Les Vearing, said crews from CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria had done a great job in the past 24 hours.  

"It has been a busy few days for firefighters who have been working day and night to keep communities safe. To declare the fire as contained last night is a fantastic result.  

"Over 140 firefighters will continue blacking out on the fireground today and checking for any hot spots. 

"The community will continue to see smoke for some time, however this is not related to an increase in fire activity.  

"We have been working closely with the EPA on smoke management planning and they have deployed air monitoring systems so we can keep an eye on conditions. This is a proactive measure.  

"We are continuing to work with industry bodies with a focus on dairy farmers to ensure milk production gets back to normal as quickly as possible. This is a major focus for us and we understand how difficult this has been for locals.  

"A reminder that any farmers with affected livestock can contact 5336 6721. An Agriculture Victoria team member will visit to provide specific advice and undertake assessments on your property. 

"Power has now been restored to hundreds of properties overnight. Powercor have reported this morning there are now only two properties remaining without power.  

"A community meeting is planned for Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 1pm at the Cobden Civic Hall and we encourage everyone to come along for an update on our key priorities.  

"We will have all relevant agencies in attendance to make sure people are given a full picture on what is happening. Support services will also be available on site."  

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