THE DSE and CFA have declared the Kentbruck – Portland-Nelson Rd fire under control, but warned some areas inside the fire perimeter may continue to burn for several weeks.
Back burning over the past few days has been successful in strengthening containment lines around the perimeter, increasing the fire zone in national park, forest plantation and agricultural land to just under 12,000 hectares.
Fire fighters continue to mop up and black out hot spots up to 50 metres inside control lines. A team of DSE officers and wildlife volunteers is also working in the area, rescuing injured wildlife.
Several unsealed roads and tracks in the fire zone remain closed to vehicles, but all the region’s sealed roads are open.
There is also good news for summer holiday-makers with Parks Victoria re-opening visitor sites and camp grounds in Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Lower Glenelg National Park and Cobboboonee National Park.
However, the public has been asked to respect the closures still in place.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.