Grampians bushfire has been controlled

The Grampians Northern Complex Fire, which has been burning for several weeks in the Grampians National Park, has now been controlled.

A series of lightning strikes on January 15 ignited more than 14 fires on Public Land in the Wimmera Fire District.

Several of these fires started in the northern part of the Grampians National Park and joined into one large fire.

The fire impacted a number of communities, including Brimpaen, Laharum, Wartook, Roses Gap, St Helens Plains and Dadswells Bridge, where more than 135 structures have been lost including 32 dwellings, and sadly the loss of a community member.

Incident Controller Russell Manning said firefighters had worked hard to control the blaze.

"The definition of 'controlled' is that the complete perimeter of the fire is secured," Mr Manning said.

"Fire crews have been working on various areas of the fire and will continue to patrol control lines around the perimeter of the fire in coming days and weeks.

"These firefighters have worked in very difficult terrain and under arduous conditions, including days of extreme temperatures to control this fire."

The Grampians Northern Complex fire covers an area of approximately 55,100 hectares, with the fire having a perimeter of 257 kilometres.

Smoke may still be evident from the fire over coming days as winds shift in direction and strength.

Mr Manning also wished to congratulate all firefighters and support agencies for the great sustained effort in controlling the fires.

"It is rare that a fire of this size and duration is controlled without weather assistance, as we did not receive any rainfall during the fire campaign," Mr Manning said.

"It really was the effort of the on ground firefighters from Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority, who have eventually controlled the fire.

"Thankyou also to the communities around the fire perimeter for their support and understanding during the past few weeks."

At its peak the fire has had more than 500 personnel from DEPI, Parks Victoria, CFA, Local Government, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Vic Roads, Telstra, Powercor, GWM Water, Department of Human Services, Health Services and State Emergency Service.

There were 81 tankers, 38 slip-on units, seven dozers, four fixed wing aircraft, six helicopters and a number of graders, excavators and support vehicles. At its peak, more than 1500 meals were being provided to firefighters each day.

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