Homes lost as fire licks Morwell’s outskirts

UPDATE: The Twin City Archers has confirmed the fire has destroyed its field course.

TCA president Peter Bennett said the clubrooms were still standing, but at this stage it was difficult to determine exactly what outdoor infrastructure had been lost.

“The important part is no-one’s hurt,” Mr Bennett said.

“Everyone’s lost a lot today, unfortunately.”

The club, on Toners Lane, was due to host a field qualifying event later this month for the World Field event in Croatia.

The Country Fire Authority has confirmed some homes have been lost as fire licks the fringes of Morwell’s west.

The Hernes Oak fire has so far burnt 800 hectares and is impacting the west end of Morwell.

It has crossed Latrobe Road, burnt pine plantation north of Morwell and is spotting north of the Latrobe River.

The CFA has advised people not to travel along any road north of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Trafalgar.

Traffic along the Princes Freeway is being turned away from Morwell.

The Strzelecki Highway is also closed as a result of the Driffield fire, which is heading towards the Hazelwood mine.

A Hazelwood spokesperson said there had been a fire on the northern batters of the mine, but this was a disused area and supply had not been affected.

The CFA is treating the Driffield fire as suspicious, after a number of fires ignited along the Strzelecki highway.

CFA manager of community safety John Crane, based at the Traralgon Incident Control Centre, pleaded with the community to stay informed via emergency broadcasts.

“Stay off the roads and stay away. This is not a sightseeing exercise.” Mr Crane said.

Emergency relief centres have been set up at the Moe Town Hall in Albert Street and Performing Arts Centre in Grey Street, Traralgon.