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Firefighters continue to fight Mount McAllister blaze amid concerns of increased activity

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Firefighters are said to be remaining vigilant as the next 3 days are expected to bring drier weather and increased temperatures, proving ideal conditions for fire growth.

Fire Information Officer, Jill Kelsh says the fire is still reported as encompassing just under 16,000 hectares, with over 200 firefighters, 9 helicopters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

However, it is still reported as 0 per cent contained.

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“We have made really good progress but we are expecting fire activity to increase over the next 24 hours with temperatures potentially going to reach 30 degrees today,” Kelsh said.

Kelsh says heavy equipment has managed to put in 75 kilometres of guard around the perimeter with ongoing extinguishing efforts underway.  

“We do have crews that are following the heavy equipment with powerful hoses to extinguish all the hot spots around this area,” Kelsh explained.

The incident management team is requesting that residents be patient in allowing convoys of firefighter vehicles to safely commute to and from the Mt.McAllister fire, asking them to avoid trying to pass the convoys, typically in transit 7 a.m. – 8 a.m., and 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

An area restriction remains in place around the fire.

 

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