Bush fire alert as burn goes wrong

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

TOWNS in south­west­ern Vic­to­ria are on alert af­ter an an­nual con­trolled burn got out of hand.

Port­land, Cur­ries, Lower Cape Bridge­wa­ter, Tar­ra­gal, Cash­more, Go­rae West and Mount Rich­mond Tre­walla are among the com­mu­ni­ties placed on alert.

By late last night, the fire al­ready had burnt out 625ha of bush­land.

Heli-tanker Elvis has been brought in to help fight the fire, along with 10 other wa­ter-bomb­ing air­craft.

A state gov­ern­ment spokesman said there had been two com­mu­nity meet­ings in the area to up­date res­i­dents on the fire’s progress. The burn­back op­er­a­tion was part of an an­nual con­trolled burn­ing pro­gram which ran into prob­lems about 3.30pm on Sun­day. About 100 fire­fight­ers have built a seven-kilo­me­tre con­trol line around the fire.

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