Fire under control


By Alesha Capone

With The Age

UPDATE: The CFA has amended a fire warning which was issued to residents of the Mambourin and Manor areas earlier today.
Earlier today, an evacuation warning was released for people living in the two areas, due to two out-of-control grass fires burning on either side of Edgars Road in Litter River.
However, the warning has now been downgraded to an “advice” status.
This means people in the Mambourin and Manor areas should stay informed about the fire situation, but there is no threat.
The fire is now under control.
The CFA said it remains unsafe for displaced residents to return to the area. The fire ground is being assessed.
At least 50 fire trucks, several large air tankers and dozens of firefighters battled the 1000-hectare blaze.
CFA deputy incident controller David Bourke said the spread of fire had been halted just near the train line to the east of Little River.
The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Guests at the Little River Hotel and Little River Bed and Breakfast have been evacuated by staff.
Two buildings have reportedly been lost to the fire, although authorities are yet to confirm this information.
There are no reports of injuries.
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V/Line train services on the Geelong line have also been temporarily stopped until further notice, and road coaches have been dispatched.
The following roads are closed:
  • Edgars Road from the corner of You Yangs Road
  • Kirksbrigade from the corner of Farrars Rd
  • Bulban Rd from the corner of Newtons Rd
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Residents who evacuate have been reminded to take their pets, medications, mobile phone and charger if they leave home.

People who do not evacuate have been reminded to stay indoors if they cannot leave.
They have also been reminded to:
-Close all exterior doors, windows and vents.
-Turn off cooling systems.
-Shelter in a room that has a door and or a window to the outside. It is critical to keep an eye on what is happening with the fire.

Fire advice has also been issued for Brophys Crossing, Cocoroc, Little River, Mambourin, Tarneit, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Avalon and Werribee South.

There is currently no threat these areas, but residents have been advised to stay informed and monitor conditions.
A community meeting will be held 10am tomorrow at Little River Fire Station, 29 River St, Little River.