South-West Fires

Published on 18 March 2018

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

For all up to date information and warnings visit emergency.vic.gov.au 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 www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief

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

Insurance

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 traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au 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.