FIRE crews have contained a blaze which burnt about 450 hectares of grassland on the outskirts of Mortlake.
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Two water bombing aircraft, which were called in from Colac and Stawell to help tackle the fire, were stood down last night.

Firefighters from the Country Fire Authority and Department of Sustainability and Environment worked on site in the Thulborn Road area, west of the township.

Fifteen units, including tankers, dozers and slip-on units were used to help control the fire.

The CFA and DSE issued an advice alert, warning nearby residents to monitor conditions and check their bushfire survival plan.

“If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes,” it warned last night.

Smoke may still be visible from nearby communities and roads.

People experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure are being advised by the Department of Health to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

A DSE spokesman said the blaze was believed to have started following a planned burn which was lit at the Mortlake common this morning.

The fire flared up about 6.45pm yesterday when it moved beyond control lines. It was declared contained at 9.07pm last night.

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