Fire breaks out at Kentbruck coastal park

A LARGE-scale and quick response has controlled a fire that broke out this morning in the Discovery Bay Coastal Park east of Nelson.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) deputy state commander Konrad Gill said the fire, which appeared to have started from a camp fire, burnt about five hectares of bushland abutting coastal sand dunes.

The fire, located about 27 kilometres east-southeast of Nelson, was reported about 2pm on Tuesday and was brought under control by 8pm on Tuesday night.

Thirty one firefighters, 11 fire units and three aircraft attacked the fire to bring it under control.

"It was a good outcome," Mr Gill said.

The successful response allowed holidaymakers to continue to enjoy the Discovery Park Coastal Park, he said.

Mr Gill said the fire broke out near the Kentbruck-Wilson Lower Road, which is off the Portland-Nelson Road.

The fire was close to the Kentbruck area extensively burnt in a bushfire last January.

About 12,000 hectares, including large tracts of the Lower Glenelg National Park, were burnt in last year's Kentbruck blaze that took more than 700 firefighters about a week to control.

However Tuesday's fire was much closer to the coast and more accessible than last year's Kentbruck fire.

ehimmelreich@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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