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Cobrico Peat Fire Temporary Water Diversion

10 April 2018

A four-kilometre above-ground pipeline will assist firefighters in extinguishing the Cobrico peat fire by boosting the amount of water available at the site.

The pipeline is now connected to the nearest main’s water connection and will temporarily pump water to the peat fire site.

Incident Controller Graeme Armstrong said the construction of the pipeline was just one of a network of strategies to assist in suppressing the peat fires.

“Establishing this pipeline is a significant step forward – it is set to considerably increase the amount of water available at Cobrico, this means pumping more water to the site and pumping it at a faster rate,” he said.

“The pipeline is just one of the strategies we are implementing to assist in fire suppression, but it allows firefighters to continue their work day and night on extinguishing the fire.”

Trenches are being built around the perimeter of the Cobrico fire to stop the spread of fire, and allow deeper infiltration of water into the ground. A trench is also being established at Lake Elingamite.

“There is a lot of hard work being done across the south west and I would like to acknowledge emergency management personnel and the agencies that have contributed so far.

“Thank you to the community who have listened to our information and warnings. There is still work for us to do and we are focused on that. Peat fires are extremely difficult to extinguish and can burn for some time.

“A key focus remains supressing the smoke emitting from the peat which is impacting on communities, and the Compressed Air Foam trucks are proving to be successful in doing this.”

Residents are strongly encouraged to stay away from areas heavily affected by the smoke from the peat fires.

If members of the community are experiencing symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure visit the Community Health Assessment Centre open from 8am-8pm at the Terang Relief Centre, 129 High Street, Terang.

If residents are concerned about carbon monoxide levels overnight, they can visit the Terang Hospital, 13 Austin Avenue, Terang.

For further information check the VicEmergency website,, VicEmergency app, call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit the relief centre at Terang.