Smoke from bushfires impacting the south-west

THE Country Fire Authority has advised south-west residents that there is a significant amount of smoke in the air from bushfires across the southern part of Australia.

The largest blaze in Victoria is in the Kentbruck-Mount Richmond district, west of Portland. The fire, which started on Friday afternoon, has burnt through more than 2700 hectares and is being tackled by 200 firefighters.

"It is expected that this smoke will continue to drift across Victoria for some time," the CFA said in a statement released this morning.

"This message applies to the towns of Geelong, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads, Torquay, Anglesea, Colac, Camperdown, Airey's Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell, Warnambool, Port Fairy and Portland.

"If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on  1300 606 024."

General bushfire information is available on the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667 or

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