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4PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS have stopped the spread of a grass and bush fire in the Edenhope area.

The fire activity has subsided and it is now contained.

There is some fire activity within the containment lines which might generate smoke.

This fire is about 1600 hectares in size.

Meanwhile, crews are responding to a fire in the Little Desert National Park 17 kilometres south-east of Kaniva.

The fire has entered properties to the north of the park.

Country Fire Authority and Department of Environment and Primary Industries crews are constructing containment lines and blacking out fire edge in private property.

11.48AM

A FIRE near Kaniva has entered properties to the north of the Little Desert National Park.

Country Fire Authority and Department of Environment and Primary Industries crews are constructing containment lines and blacking out fire edges in private property.

The authority has issued an advice message for Kaniva, Yanipy and Miram South.

Smoke could be visible from nearby communities and roads.

11.24AM

HIGH temperatures could cause fire activity levels in the Black Range State Park to increase.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has issued an advice message for Rocklands, Telangatuk East and Cherrypool.

Fire-fighters are responding to the fire, near Rees Road, 17 kilometres north-east of Balmoral.

Southerly winds might push the fire north towards the northern and western edge of the Black Range State Park into private properties.

11.05AM

There is reported fire activity in the Little Desert National Park, near Wallaby Track, 13.4 kilometres south-south-west of Dimboola.

The fire is not yet under control. 

Mild conditions overnight have allowed fire crews to construct containment lines around the perimeter of the fire.

However, increasing temperatures this afternoon could cause fire activity levels to increase.

Southerly winds could push the fire north towards the northern edge of the Little Desert National Park.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has issued an advice message for Dimboola and Gerang Gerung.

There is currently no threat to communities.

10.04AM

FIRE-FIGHTERS are responding to a fire in 17 kilometres south-east of the Kaniva area.

There is currently no threat to communities, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke might be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Safety information:

  • Review your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
  • If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

9.31AM

THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries has issued an advice message for Kaniva and Minimay.

There is reported fire activity 26 kilometres south of Kaniva in the Little Desert National Park.

The fire is not yet under control. 

There is currently no threat to communities, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.

8.50AM

IT'S a good start to Sunday, with fire activity near Dimboola subsiding overnight due to high humidity and low winds.

Fire-fighters will return today to continue working on the fire.

Today's temperature is expected to be milder than yesterday, but temperatures will still be in the low 30s with light winds.

The Country Fire Authority warns fire behaviour could become more active in the middle of the day as temperatures increase.

The information came as part of a downgraded advice message for Dimboola, Wail, Pimpinio and Duchembegarra.

An advice message for Cherrypool, Brimpaen and Telangatuk East was also downgraded overnight.

Fire activity in the Black Range State Park 17 kilometres north-east of the Balmoral area has subsided overnight due to high humidity and low winds.

Crews will return today to continue work on the fire.

The weather today is expected to be milder than yesterday but temperatures are still in the low 30s with light winds.

Fire behaviour could become more active in the middle of the day as temperatures increase.

People are no longer under any threat.

Smoke might be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The Moyston grassfire is under control.

Fire-fighters have stopped the spread of the fire.

Rain significantly eased fire conditions.

The immediate threat has subsided, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions. 

Relief centres at Ararat and Lake Bolac have closed.

Residents who want to return to their properties should go to the Ararat Police Station to obtain permission.

A community meeting will be at 1pm today at the Moyston Town Hall.

SATURDAY - 8.43PM

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FIRE-FIGHTERS have controlled a grass fire at Edenhope.

Edenhope residents are no longer under any threat.

The fire is approximately 1000 hectares in size.

Smoke might still be visible from nearby communities and roads.

8.11PM

THE CFA has issued an upgraded watch and act message for Cherrypool, Brimpaen and Telangatuk East.

A fire in the Black Range State Park 17 kilometres north-east of Balmoral is still burning and is not yet under control.

The fire has entered private land to the south. 

Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option.

Travel to:

* The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

8PM

GWMWATER has asked Willaura and Lake Bolac customers to minimise their water use because of a power cut at the Willaura Water Treatment Plant.

The authority expects the plant to be operating again by 9pm.

7.59PM

DIMBOOLA, Wail, Pimpinio and Duchembegarra communities remain under a watch and act message.

There is a large 1295-hectare bushfire in the Little Desert National Park about 13 kilometres south-west of Dimboola. 

This bushfire is not yet under control and could impact private land if it moves out of the national park. 

Leaving now is the safest option - conditions could change and get worse quickly.

Emergency services might not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

Travel to:

* The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

* Regional area such as Horsham. 

* When driving, slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

7.09PM

THE CFA has updated its advice message for Kaniva and Minimay.

A fire in the Little Desert National Park about 26 kilometres south of Kaniva is not yet under control. 

There is no threat to communities, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Steph Johnston took this photo of smoke from the fire near Edenhope just before 6.30pm on Saturday.

Steph Johnston took this photo of smoke from the fire near Edenhope just before 6.30pm on Saturday.

6.35PM

THE relief centre at Ararat for people affected by the Moyston fire has closed.

The fire is not yet under control but remains within containment lines, and the immediate threat has subsided.

Residents looking to return to their properties should go to the Ararat Police Station to obtain permission to return. 

There will be a community meeting at the Moyston Town Hall on Sunday at 1pm.

Traffic Management Points are in place at the following locations:

* Ararat –Halls Gap Road at Pomonal

* Ararat –Halls Gap Road at Rhymney Road

* Moyston– Great Western Road at Rhymney Road

* Moyston– Dunkeld Road at Morass Road

* Moyston– Willaura Road at Andrews Lane

The Mortlake-Ararat Road is now open.

Information for farmers with affected livestock: 

You may take action to humanely destroy animals provided you:

* Contact your insurance agency as soon as possible. 

* Take photographs to show condition of livestock. 

* Record any other information that insurer requests.

* Record numbers of animals dead or destroyed. 

6.21PM

THE CFA has upgraded its advice message for Edenhope to a watch and act message.

There is a medium grass fire travelling in a northerly direction from the Yallakar State Forest.

The fire has crossed the Scrubby Lake Road and is not yet under control. 

This fire has burned both to the east and north.

It could affect properties for the next two hours. 

Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions could change and get worse quickly. Emergency services might not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

Travel to:

* The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

* When driving, slow down and turn on your headlights as smoke will make it difficult to see.

5.52PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS have stopped the spread of a grass fire near Moyston.

The CFA has issued a downgraded advice message for residents in Moyston, Rocky Point, Willaura North, Maroona and Langi Logan.

Rain has significantly eased fire conditions.

The fire is still not yet under control, but is within containment lines. 

The immediate threat has subsided, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions. 

The relief centre at Lake Bolac closed at 5pm. 

A community meeting will at the Moyston Town Hall on Sunday at 1pm.

Traffic Management Points are in place at the following locations:

* Ararat–Halls Gap Rd at Pomonal

* Ararat–Halls Gap Rd at Rhymney Rd

* Moyston–Great Western Rd at Rhymney Rd

* Moyston–Dunkeld Rd at Morass Rd

* Moyston–Willaura Rd at Andrews Lane

* Mortlake–Ararat Rd at Maroona – Glenthompson Rd

* Mortlake–Ararat Rd at Wills Hill Rd

5.26PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS are responding to a fire near Edenhope.

The CFA has issued an advice warning for the town as a fire burns in the Yallakur State Forest near the Bogaroo Track.  

There is currently no threat to communities, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke might be visible from nearby communities and roads.

5.07PM

THE Victorian State Emergency Service has warned Horsham and surrounding areas could experience further damaging winds, heavy rain and hail on Saturday night.

The service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the state's west.

Potential effects could include:

  • Building damage
  • Fallen power lines
  • Fallen trees and branches
  • Broken windows
  • Damage to vehicles
  • Flash flooding
  • Landslips
  • Overflowing drains and gutters

What to do:

  • Act quickly - conditions can change rapidly
  • Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured
  • Stay indoors and away from windows
  • Park your car undercover and away from trees
  • Keep clear of fallen trees and power lines
  • Be prepared for power cuts
  • Flood water is toxic - never play or swim in flood water
  • Flood water is dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through flood water
  • If it is safe to do so, check gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked
  • If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways

Emergency contacts:

For flood or storm emergency assistance from SES call 132 500 

For life-threatening emergencies call 000

4.43PM

THE Country Fire Authority has upgraded its message for Cherrypool, Brimpaen and Telangatuk East to watch and act.

A fire is burning 17 kilometres north-east of Balmoral in the Black Range State Park.

The fire has entered private land to the south.

Leaving now is the safest option - conditions could change and get worse quickly.

Emergency services might not be able to help you if you stay.

Travel to the home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

Safety information:

  • Remember to take your prescriptions and medication, photo ID, bottles of water, your mobile phone and charger and consider what you will do with your pets.
  • When driving, slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.
  • If you have time, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • Contact a family member or friend to tell them what you plan to do now.

4.20PM

THE CFA has upgraded its message for Dimboola, Wail, Pimpinio and Duchembegarra to a watch and act.

There is a medium bushfire travelling fast in the Little Desert National Park about 13 kilometres south-west of Dimboola.

The fire is not yet under control and could impact private land if it comes out of the national park.

Becky Barry took this photo about eight kilometres from the fire.

Becky Barry took this photo about eight kilometres from the fire.

Leaving now is the safest option - conditions could change and get worse very quickly. Emergency services might not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

Travel to:

* The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

* A regional area such as Horsham.

When driving, slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

3.30PM

CREWS are responding to a fire in the Little Desert, south-west of Dimboola.

The fire is near the McCabes Hut Track and is not yet under control.

The CFA has also issued advice messages for Telangatuk East, Cherrypool and Brimpaen for a fire 17 kilometres north-east of Balmoral.

There is no threat to communities near the two fires, but the CFA has encouraged people to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke might be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Safety information:

• Review your bushfire survival plan.

• If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

• If you have time, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions. 

• If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

3PM

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2.41PM

2.20PM

THERE have been two advice messages issued for Kaniva and Minimay, and Edenhope.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries issued the message for Kaniva and Minimay for a fire 26 kilometres south of Kaniva.

There is reported fire activity in the Little Desert National Park.

The fire is not yet under control.

There is no threat to communities, but people should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The Country Fire Authority issued the advice for the Edenhope-Johnsons Road fire.

Fire-fighters are responding to the fire, in the Edenhope area.

There is no threat to communities at this stage.

Safety information:

  • Review your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
  • If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

1.58PM

THE Country Fire Authority has issued an updated watch and act message for Moyston, Rocky Point, Willaura North, Maroona, and Langi Logan, warning the Moyston fire is not yet controlled.

The district is starting to experience strong winds and lightning, which are expected to continue for several hours.

The authority warns of the high risk that extreme weather conditions today could cause fire activity to increase and possible over run containment lines. 

Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are working on the fire.

A wind change is expected early evening, about 5-6pm. 

Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions might change and get worse very quickly.

1PM

THE Red Cross is encouraging families affected by the Moyston bushfire to register with Register.Find.Reunite.

The system assists affected people to get in touch with their families and friends.

Red Cross emergency services state manager Angela Sutherland said people could register at www.redcross.org.au, by calling 1800 727 077 or in person at a relief centre.

“The simplest way to let your family and friends know you’re OK or to find out that your loved ones are safe is to register with the Register.Find.Reunite. service,'' she said.

"The service helps find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster.

“Being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency.

"Not knowing where your loved ones are, not being able to get a hold of them by phone or email adds to that anxiety."

Ms Sutherland said of people were unable to contact someone who might have been affected by a large-scale disaster in Australia, they could use the Register.Find.Reunite. service on the Red Cross.

12.35PM

11.48PM

THE Moyston grassfire is still not controlled.

The head of the fire has been halted, however there is high risk that extreme weather conditions today could cause fire activity to increase and possible over run containment lines.

Warnings levels could rise and fall as conditions change throughout the day. 

The Country Fire Authority said fire-fighters, aircraft and heavy equipment would work on the fire all day.

It is now about 4700 hectares in size. 

Erratic winds are predicted this afternoon and a wind change is due early in the evening.

The authority said leaving now was the safest option because conditions could change and get worse very quickly. Emergency services might not be able to help.

Travel to:

  • Relief centres at Ararat Town Hall and Lake Bolac Sporting Complex. 
  • The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.
  • Regional areas such as Ararat or Lake Bolac.

Traffic Management Points are in place at the following locations:

  • Ararat-Halls Gap Road at Pomonal
  • Ararat-Halls Gap Road at Rhymney Road
  • Moyston-Great Western Road at Rhymney Road
  • Moyston-Dunkeld Road at Morass Road
  • Moyston-Willaura Road at Andrews Lane
  • Mortlake-Ararat Rd at Maroona-Glenthompson Road
  • Mortlake-Ararat Road at Wills Hill Road

Note for farmers who have affected livestock: 

You can take action to humanely destroy animals provided you

a) Contact your insurance agency as soon as possible

b) Take photographs to show condition of livestock

c) Record any other information that insurer requests

d) Record numbers of animals dead or destroyed

11AM

THE CFA has updated its watch and act message for Maroona.

The Moyston grass fire is now 4700 hectares and not yet under control.

Fire-fighters have halted the head of the fire, but extreme weather conditions could cause fire activity to increase and possibly over-run containment lines.

Erratic winds are predicted for Saturday afternoon and a wind change is expected early in the evening.

The CFA has urged people not to wait to leave as conditions could change and worsen quickly.

10AM

THE Country Fire Authority has warned people in the Moyston area to stay close to shelter as a grass fire continues to burn in the area.

There is a high risk of the fire becoming active in Saturday's extreme weather conditions.

The fire is predicted to travel in a south-easterly direction if it cannot be held within containment lines.

Residents are urged to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Information for farmers with affected livestock:

You can take action to humanely destroy animals provided you:

* Contact your insurance agency as soon as possible.

* Take photographs to show condition of livestock.

* Record any other information that an insurer requests.

* Record numbers of animals dead or destroyed.

8.45AM

A WATCH and act message remains in place for communities near Moyston.

However the Country Fire Authority has issued an emergency warning for Maroona.

There is the risk of a fast-moving, out of control grassfire travelling in a south-westerly direction from Burrumbeep Road towards Maroona.

This is the southern edge of the Better Route Road-Moyston grass fire that started on Friday.

Leaving now is the safest option, before conditions become too dangerous.

People can travel to a relief centre at Lake Bolac, or the homes of family or friends if they are well south of the warning area. Driving north or west is not safe.

Meanwhile, a relief centre remains open at the Ararat Town Hall, on the corner of Barkly and Vincent streets, for residents in the Moyston area.

While the immediate threat in the Moyston area has passed, leaving now is still the safest option for residents, as conditions might change again suddenly with extreme weather conditions on Saturday.

Traffic Management Points are in place at the following locations:

* Ararat-Halls Gap Road at Jallukur, near Pomonal, and west of Ararat at the Rhymney intersection.

* Moyston-Willaura Road at the Andrews Rd intersection.

* Moyston-Great Western Road at the Rhymney Rd intersection.

* Moyston-Dunkeld Road at Barton Station.

* Andrews Lane at the Mortlake Ararat Road intersection.

* Deenicull Creek Road at the Intersection of Mortlake Ararat Road intersection

FRIDAY - 8.30PM

ABOUT 100 people attended a community meeting in Ararat on Friday night to be updated on a 3800-hectare grassfire at Moyston.

More than 255 fire-fighters battled the blaze on Friday and brought the head of the fire under control at 5.50pm.

While an emergency warning was downgraded on Friday afternoon, Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper said authorities were bracing for extreme fire danger on Saturday.

"They are very concerned about the weather patterns later on Friday and Saturday," he said

At the meeting, authorities confirmed one house had been destroyed in the fire and livestock had been killed.

"There's certainly been some livestock affected. At this stage one confirmed house has been lost, but local knowledge would suggest there's more than that and quite a bit of livestock," Cr Hooper said.

He said a road had been reopened between Great Western and Moyston to allow land owners to check on stock.

"All the agencies are working very hard. Council is working hard with graders and water tankers doing everything we can," he said.

Cr Hooper returned from holidays to attend the meeting on Friday at 7pm.

"You worry about your community and the people affected - I felt obliged to do it," he said.

5.49PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS have stopped the head of the grass fire in the Moyston area.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has downgraded its warning for Moyston, Rocky Point and Willaura North to watch and act.

The department has encouraged people to stay close to shelter in case conditions change again suddenly.

A community meeting will be at 7pm at the Alexandra Oval Community Centre in Ararat.

A relief centre is open at the Ararat Town Hall, corner of Barkley and Vincent Streets, Ararat.

Traffic Management Points are in place at the following locations:

  • Ararat-Halls Gap Road at Jallukur near Pomonal and west of Ararat at the Rhymney intersection
  • Moyston-Willaura Road at the Andrews Road intersection
  • Moyston-Great Western Road at the Rhymney Road intersection
  • Moyston-Dunkeld Road at Barton Station
  • Andrews Lane at the Mortlake-Ararat Road intersection
  • Deenicull Creek Road at the intersection of Mortlake-Ararat Road intersection

5.24PM

WINDS between 40 and 50kmh are expected for Saturday as fire-fighters continue to fight a 2000-hectare blaze at Moyston.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said temperatures were still close to 40 degrees early on Friday evening.

"North-westerly winds were averaging up to 40kmh earlier today and they're still averaging around 20 to 30kmh," he said. 

"It's dry, it's hot and it's been windy. There is a weak change just on the far south-west coast and at the moment that's unlikely to make it to the Moyston area this evening.

"We'll maintain moderate north-westerly winds during the early part of the evening and they are expected to increase early Saturday morning to average probably between 45 and 50kmh."

Mr Dickson said a change was due to move through the fire-affected area between 6pm and 8pm on Saturday.

"That will bring cooler conditions and a south-westerly wind change," he said.

"With the change the winds will tend southerly and ease during the evening and it will drop the temperature from around 41 degrees to the mid-20s fairly sharply."

Mr Dickson said there was a chance of a shower or thunderstorm with the change.

5.05PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS have stopped the spread of a grassfire at the intersection of Sunraysia Highway and McKays Road.

The fire is now under control.

There is no threat to Gre Gre and St Arnaud communities, but the authority encouraged people to stay informed and monitor conditions.

4.47PM

THE fire has now crossed the Mortlake-Ararat Road.

The Country Fire Authority has issued an updated emergency warning for Moyston, Rocky Point, Willaura North and Maroona.

It warns people are in immediate danger.

4.35PM

THE Country Fire Authority has warned residents they are now in immediate danger.

The authority issued an updated emergency warning for Moyston, Rocky Point, Willaura North and Maroona.

The Moyston grassfire is not yet under control.

The fire has now crossed Burrumbeep Road and is in the Greens Lane area.

Fire-fighters expect to halt the forward spread of the fire before it crosses Mortlake-Ararat Road.

The authority warns residents they are now in immediate danger and to act now to protect themselves.

Emergency services might not be able to help.

A community meeting will be at 7pm at the Alexandra Oval Community Centre in Ararat.

A relief center is open at the Ararat Town Hall, corner of Barkley and Vincent Streets, Ararat.

Traffic Management Points are being put in place at the following locations:

  • Ararat Halls Gap Road at Jallukur near Pomonal and west of Ararat at the Rhymney intersection
  • Moyston-Willaura Road at the Andrews Road intersection
  • Moyston-Great Western Road at the Rhymney Road intersection
  • Moyston-Dunkeld Road at Barton Station

4PM

FIRE-FIGHTERS are working to control a bushfire that measures more than 1749 hectares and is threatening Moyston, Willaura North and Rocky Point.

The Country Fire Authority has issued a watch and act message for Cathcart, Denicull Creek, Maroona and Langi Logan advising that leaving now is the safest option.

Deputy Incident Controller Dale Russell said he was unable to confirm reports one house has been lost.

"There are no confirmed losses at this point - that's not to say there isn't any but we're just concentrating on controlling the head of the fire," he said.

"We're still trying to stop the head of the fire and the advancement of it."

Mr Russell said Department of Environment and Primary Industries staff and assessment teams would  investigate losses on Saturday morning.

"The fire was 1749 hectares at 3pm, but it will be more than that now and that will continue to change until we can stop the spread," he said.

"The fire is still travelling under the north-westerly wind to the south-east in some country that's quite rocky and hilly. That's inhibiting fire-fighting.

"We've got eight to 10 aircraft working on the fire."

Mr Russell said the fire started north of Moyston and had burnt to the east of town.

He said it was continuing south-east.

"We'll continue planning for tomorrow with our changeover crews through the evening," he said. 

Mr Russell said authorities were bracing for another tough day on Saturday, when temperatures were predicted to reach the low 40s before a change and possible thunderstorm. 

"We're mindful of extreme fire danger weather tomorrow and that means hot and windy with a wind change we're planning for the conditions both before and after the change," he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast extreme fire danger on Saturday for the Mallee and Wimmera.

3.57PM

A snapshot of fires burning in the Wimmera:

Source: CFA

Source: CFA

3.35PM

THE Country Fire Authority has issued a watch and act message for Gre Gre and St Arnaud.

There is a small grassfire at the intersection of Sunraysia Highway and McKays Road travelling  in a south-easterly direction.

This grassfire is not yet under control. 

The authority said leaving now was the safest option.

Conditions could change and get worse very quickly.

"Emergency services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay,'' the authority said.

Safety information

  • Remember to take your prescriptions and medication, photo ID, bottles of water, your mobile phone and charger and consider what you will do with your pets.
  • If you have time, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • Contact a family member or friend to tell them what you plan to do.

3.19PM

AN OUT-OF-CONTROL bushfire is burning at Swanwater, north-west of St Arnaud.

There are nine Country Fire Authority vehicles attending.

3.15PM

THERE are reports one house has been lost in the Moyston fire.

Details to come.

2.55PM

2.32PM

AN EMERGENCY warning has been extended to Willaura North, along with Moyston and Rocky Point.

There is a fast-moving, out of control grassfire travelling in a south-easterly direction past Moyston.

It is heading towards the Burrumbeep Road and Andrews Lane.

The CFA warns the fire could impact properties south-east of Moyston within the next half an hour.

It warns people are in danger and it is too late to leave.

The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.

Traffic Management Points are being put in place at the following locations:

  • Ararat Halls Gap Road at Jallukur, near Pomonal, and west of Ararat at the Rhymney intersection.
  • Moyston-Willaura Road at the Andrews Road intersection.
  • Moyston-Great Western Road at the Rhymney Road intersection.
  • Moyston-Dunkeld Road at Barton Station. 

2.27PM

ARARAT Rural City Mayor Paul Hooper says council is concerned about the fire situation.

He was being briefed on the situation at Port Fairy.

Cr Hooper said the Municipal Emergency Co-ordination Centre was up and running.

"As we speak, Moyston has been isolated," he said.

"We have graders and water tankers ready to get out there pronto, but all the roads are closed at the moment."

Cr Hooper said he was ready to return to Ararat if needed.

"I believe the fire started at Better Route Road," he said.

"Knowing the area, there is nothing out there to stop it, which is a real worry.

"I'm not a religious man, but I've got everything crossed.

"We just have to trust the CFA will do its usual incredible job."

"I'm not a religious man, but I've got everything crossed. We just have to trust the CFA will do its usual incredible job." - Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper

2.22PM

MEMBER for Ripon Louise Staley farms grain and sheep with her partner Stephen Heard at Willaura, south of Moyston.

She said the fire was still out of control.

"The CFA is responding magnificently as always with farmers coming from all around the district to fight the fire," she said.

Ms Staley said she was moving sheep and gathering precious photos in anticipation of having to leave.

"We have moved the family photos into the car and we're ready to go, but we're not at the point yet," she said.

GRAMPIANS Grove hazelnut and almond farmer Peter Fraser will stay to defend his property near Moyston. Picture: MELINDA SCHMIDT

GRAMPIANS Grove hazelnut and almond farmer Peter Fraser will stay to defend his property near Moyston. Picture: MELINDA SCHMIDT

2.05PM

GRAMPIANS Grove hazelnut and almond farmer Caron Fraser and her husband Peter are one kilometre outside of Moyston on the Ararat-Halls Gap Road.

"From where we are we can see smoke. It's certainly a busy time out there with aircraft and trucks on the ground," Mrs Fraser said.

"We're fairly well set up to defend our property with pumps and tanks."

Safety Information

When indoors:

  • Close all exterior doors, windows and vents and 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.
  • If you cannot get indoors, other last resort options include:
  • A large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
  • A large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
  • Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

In the car:

  • Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to a cleared area.
  • Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
  • Put on your hazard lights and headlights.
  • Turn the engine off, close all windows and ensure that car air vents are closed.
  • Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woolen blanket.

If you are travelling, do not enter the area, U-turn to safety.

1.24PM

1.14PM

Source: CFA

Source: CFA

A RELIEF centre has been set up at the Ararat Town Hall on the corner of Barkly Street and Vincent Street.

The CFA has warned the Moyston fire could hit the town within the next half an hour.

The fast-moving grassfire is travelling in a south-easterly direction from Better Route Road towards Moyston.

The authority warns people it is too late to leave and to take shelter indoors immediately.

Road closures:

  • Ararat and Halls Gap Road near the Rhymney intersection.
  • Ararat and Halls Gap Road at Pomonal.
  • Moyston Willaura Road.
  • Moyston Great Western Road.
  • Moyston Dunkeld Road from Barton Station.

1.05PM

INCIDENT Controller Graham Parkes said the fire was due to impact on the northern part of Moyston soon.

"We're managing a fast-moving grassfire north of Moyston," he said.

"We're using extensive and large numbers of aircraft including six bombers and the aircrane.

"On the ground at the moment we have 20 CFA tankers and 12 DEPI Parks Victoria crews including two dozers and four graders." 

He said every effort was being made to control the blaze.

12.52PM

@mattfromararat shared this video of the Moyston fire via Instagram:

12.40PM:

THE fire could impact Moyston within the next hour.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has issued an emergency warning for the town.

There is a fast-moving, out-of-control grassfire travelling in a south-easterly direction from Better Route Road towards Moyston.

The CFA warns: You are in danger, act now to protect yourself.

It is too late to leave. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.

Road closures:

  • Ararat and Halls Gap Road near the Rhymney intersection.
  • Moyston Willaura Road.
  • Moyston Great Western Road.
  • Moyston Dunlekd Road

12.21PM:

EARLIER

THE Country Fire Authority has warned it is too late for Moyston residents to leave.

A fast-moving, out of control grass fire is travelling in a southerly direction from Campbells Reef Road towards Moyston.

The CFA has issued an emergency warning, telling people they are in danger and to act to protect themselves.

It is too late to leave. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.

The fire started on Friday morning shortly before noon.

Safety Information

When indoors:

  • Close all exterior doors, windows and vents and 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.
  • If you cannot get indoors, other last resort options include:
  • A large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
  • A large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
  • Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

In the car:

  • Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to a cleared area.
  • Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
  • Put on your hazard lights and headlights.
  • Turn the engine off, close all windows and ensure that car air vents are closed.
  • Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woolen blanket.

If you are travelling, do not enter the area, U-turn to safety.

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