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Media Release

Conditions improve but Northcliffe fire ground to remain closed
Monday 12 March 2012 – 10:25 AM

This information is issued on behalf of the Department of Environment and Conservation

The site of the Northcliffe bushfire which was declared ‘All Clear’ earlier today will remain closed for the next several weeks as fire crews continue mopping up, clearing fallen trees from forest tracks and monitoring burning pockets of bush within the fire perimeter.

The ongoing work means that parts of D’Entrecasteaux National Park and a number of roads within the fire ground remain closed.
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) regional manager Peter Keppel said the fire had an overall containment area of about 34,000ha. 
“An All Clear has been issued for the fire however smoke will continue to be visible with unburnt pockets burning out.   DEC crews will continue to patrol the fire ground and work to minimise the risk of the fire escaping containment lines during hot and windy conditions,” he said.
“Roads, tracks and recreation sites will also remain closed until they are declared safe as unburnt pockets of vegetation and falling limbs from burning trees still pose a hazard.
“DEC thanks the community for their patience, vigilance and support since the fire began on February 9.”

For more information contact DEC’s Pemberton office on 9776 1207.

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