Great Ocean Road re-opens fully

Great-Ocean-Road-fireTHE GREAT Ocean Road reopened this morning to allow visitors to return to the region after, 12 days after fire destroyed 116 houses in the area.

The Wye River-Jamieson Track fire is not under control, but it is burning away from the coast in forest and is blacked out along the Great Ocean Road between Cumberland River and Wye River.

Emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley said it was safe to reopen the Great Ocean Road which was critical for businesses and communities in a peak tourism period.

“Business and tourism is a crucial part of what makes a community run and particularly in an area such as the surf coast which heavily relies on summer tourism,” he said.

Great-Ocean-Road-fire-2The Great Ocean Road open from 8am today at a reduced speed and no vehicles will be allowed to stop between Cumberland River and Wye River bridge. This includes look-out points and pull-over areas on the sides of the road.

“We want everyone to support local businesses and enjoy the area, but to be aware that there is still a fire being worked on so people will see aircraft and trucks and at times, smoke,” Mr Lapsley said.

“Keep up to date with the latest warnings and advice and if you are travelling to the area, check the Fire Danger Ratings before you go and while you are there. Know where to get information from and what you will do if the situation changes.

Wye-River-fire“Visitors are welcome and encouraged to return to these areas but please respect the privacy of residents and visitors who have been affected by the fire. This includes not taking photographs of fire-affected residential areas.“

Aircraft and about 300 personnel continue to work on the fire each day, with the fire’s perimeter now 45 kilometres and 2500 hectares burnt.

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