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Hepburn fire not yet under control

3 February 2019

A fire at Hepburn near Mannings Road, north of Dry Diggins Track is currently not yet under control, with residents in Hepburn and Hepburn Springs urged to take action before conditions become too dangerous.

Watch and Act which is in place for residents in the immediate and surrounding areas. 

The progress of the fire has been slowed today by ground crews supported by water bombing aircraft.

The fire still poses significant risks, particularly to Hepburn and Hepburn Springs communities. The fire is currently approximately 28 hectares in size.

Leaving Hepburn and Hepburn Springs is currently the safest option, using Main Road towards Daylesford.

A Relief Centre has been established at Victoria Park in Burrall Street Daylesford. 

Incident Controller Jon Rofe said people should stay away from the area.

“The fire is less than 300 metres from residential houses and heavy smoke is affecting Hepburn today,” he said. 

“Please stay away from the warning area to keep roads free emergency services vehicles.”

Check the website for details of road closures.

A community meeting will be held at the Daylesford Town Hall at 6pm this evening.

A south westerly wind change is expected later in the day, which will likely impact the direction of the fire.

St Michael’s Primary School, Hepburn Primary School, Daylesford Primary School and Daylesford Secondary College will be closed on Monday, 4 February 2019.

CFA and FFMVic crews from all surrounding areas are responding to the fire, with 37 vehicles and six aircraft including three water bombers.

Central Highlands Water is providing recycled treated water from their water treatment plant at Shepherds Flat.  
Water from local dams may also be used if required.

Those impacted by aerial firebombing activities should not drink tank water. Contact Hepburn Shire if you think your water tank may have been affected.

For injured wildlife call the Wildlife Victoria 24 hour state-wide wildlife rescue service on 1300 094 535 or DELWP Forest and Wildlife Officers on 136 186.

Stay informed by listening to local radio and visiting the website.

Today has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban throughout the state of Victoria.