ABOUT 90 firefighters have brought a 20 hectare blaze at Framlingham under control this morning.
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But, Warrnambool Fire Brigade incident controller Henry Barton said there was much work to be done with the fire ground expected to be difficult to contain in hazardous conditions today.

The fire is believed to have reignited from a smaller fire which burnt tyres and cars at Framlingham a couple of days ago.

This morning’s blaze was reported to emergency services about 1am and burnt about 20 hectares of mostly scrub and bush before being contained about 7am.

Mr Barton said the fire burnt down steep banks of the Hopkins River, some grassland and large round hay bales.

“It was difficult to contain and control down the river banks,” he said.

“As of about 7am the boys were able to contain the fire. We have 17 Country Fire Authority appliances in attendance, a Department of Sustainability and Environment bulldozer and slip on units.”

Mr Barton said it was expected that aircraft would fly over the fire ground this morning and a Sikorsky helicopter would water bomb the area in an effort to fully extinguish the blaze and ensure that every effort was made to contained the fire.

“In the early hours we had about 70 firefighters out there and that’s now grown to about 90. There’s a lot of blacking out work that needs to be done to contain it,” he said.

“Today we are expecting north and north north-west winds of 35km/h to 50km/h about 1pm this afternoon so we are putting a lot of work into the southern flank.”

Mr Barton said the Country Fire Authority had issued advisories for the Cudgee and Panmure areas regarding smoke which he expected to continue for most of the day.

Community meetings will be held 11am at the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust and at 12.30pm at the Cudgee fire station.

“We just want to inform the community of the work we are doing, what has been done and what we plan to do so everyone is aware,” Mr Barton said.

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