South-West Fires

Published on 18 March 2018


We've activated our Emergency Relief plan and are assisting emergency services with relief efforts.

For all up to date information and warnings visit or call 1300 240 667.

Update 19/3/18 10:00

We've now moved from dealing with the initial emergency to the relief operation.

South-west fires - summary

  • Impact assessment teams will continue working in the area over coming days to assess
  • property losses.
  • The four south-west fires have burnt through an area of around 1500 hectares
  • The Garvoc fire and Terang-Cobden Road fire are around 6 kilometres apart.
  • Despite initial fears the two fires may join, this was not the case thanks to great work from crews.

Relief and recovery

Relief Centre is in place at:

  • The Arc in Caramut Road, Warrnambool

Hardship payments are available to help community members meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and personal items. More information at

We encourage community members to register their whereabouts with register.find.reunite by calling 1800 727 077 or register online at


Fire-affected residents with property or contents insurance you should contact their insurance company as soon as possible:

  • Ask your insurer for advice on actions you should take
  • Do not throw away damaged items without first consulting your insurance company
  • Make a list of items that have been damaged and take photographs if possible
  • Keep receipts for any emergency repair work.

Roads and rail

Many roads remain closed. Check for further information.

The Princes Highway has now re-opened.

Train services on the Warrnambool line are currently suspended due to fire activity.

Replacement buses are now able to travel through to Warrnambool.

V/Line passengers are being advised that disruptions on the Warrnambool line will continue across the week.