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Little River grass fire being treated as suspicious



The grassfire at Little River is being treated as suspicious, with authorities saying there was three ignition points to the blaze.

“However it’s too early to say whether it was deliberately lit,” 3AW Reporter Kiara Parker told Tom Elliott.

“It’s burnt through more than 1200 hectares.

“It is still out of control but they are making progress.”

The cool change is not expected to hit the fire ground until 10pm

More than 120 homes will need to be checked for damage.

The evacuation alert for Mambourin and Manor has been downgraded to a Watch & Act message.

Firefighters have been able to stop the spread of the fire, but the fire remains active within fire boundaries at Little River.

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More than 200 firefighters, assisted by eight aircraft, are battling a fast moving grassfire at Little River, between Werribee and Geelong.

An urgent evacuation notice has been issued for residents in Mambourin and Manor.

They’re being advised to get out now as after 3pm it may be too late to leave.

The fire is burning in a south-easterly direction toward Manor Road.

The relief centre is located at Centenary Hall at the corner of Cox Road and Princes Highway.

Chris Miller from VicRoads says there’s a significant amount of smoke over the Princes Freeway, and motorists are advised to take care and be aware of emergency services vehicles.

An Advice message has been issued for the surrounding suburbs of Avalon, Cocoroc, Point Wilson, and Werribee South.

While there is no immediate threat to residents in these areas, people should stay informed and monitor conditions.