Narrawong residents meet over bushfire threat

MORE than 60 Narrawong residents packed out the town's hall this morning following a bushfire overnight.

Country Fire Authority officials assured residents that the fire was contained to the southern foothills of Mount Clay.

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So far the blaze has scorched 1600 hectares- the majority of which has been either state park or flora reserve.

Firefighters estimate only 50 hectares of private land has been impacted. No houses or buildings have been damaged.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry acknowledged the blaze was most likely sparked after it conducted controlled burns in the area at the weekend.

Several residents were upset that an emergency relief centre set up in Portland was closed at 10pm.

They said the fire reached a peak between midnight and 3am when there were several emergency warnings issued for people to leave before it was too late. Those who left their homes were unable to access the relief centre.

Comment is being sought from Glenelg Shire.

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