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Victorian bushfire smoke drifts into South East and Riverland

5/01/2013

A bushfire which continues to burn in Victoria is causing smoke to drift over the border into South Australia.

The fire has burnt about 2,000 hectares since yesterday about 18 kilometres south east of Nelson in the south-western region of Victoria.

CFS Regional Duty Officer at Naracoorte, Jason Druwitt said that smoke from this fire has spread across a wide area of South Australia particularly in the south-east and further north.

"There is smoke in areas including Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Bordertown," Mr Druwitt said.

CFS Duty Officer at Murray Bridge, Andrew Patten said that smoke from the Victorian bushfire has also drifted into parts of the Riverland.

"Members of the Chaffey CFS Group have reported the presence of smoke in places between Berri and Moorook which has made some people in the area a bit nervous but fortunately there is no cause for alarm," Mr Patten said.

Residents and travellers in these areas should be aware that the smoke could be emanating from the Nelson bushfire in Victoria but are also advised to remain vigilant at all times during the Fire Danger Season.

"If anyone is still uncertain about the smoke or they notice any flames, they should ring Triple Zero immediately," Mr Druitt said.

For information about CFS-related incidents visit the CFS website at www.cfs.sa.gov.au or contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

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