Update, 11.30am Wednesday:
EMERGENCY services have released advice over the bushfire at Rocky Point Road on Mount Ararat.
The fire is still under control but residents have been advised that smoke may be visible in surrounding areas and drivers should keep the roads clear to allow emergency services to respond.
District 16 operations manager Bernie Fradd said the fire has burned about 80 hectares.
"We've got crews out there today patrolling and monitoring the fire but by this evening we expect to have it contained," he said.
"There is still fire in the landscape out there and people will see fire at night, but ti's all within control lines - we expect it will be fine."
Mr Fradd added the layer of smoke blanketing Ararat today was due entirely to the fires in the east rather than any local fires.
Update, 4.34pm: The Country Fire Authority are working to control a bushfire at Rocky Point Road on Mount Ararat.
CFA District 16 duty officer Bernie Fradd said 25 firetrucks, four water bomber aircrafts and two helicopters were on site.
"The fire is on really rough inaccessible terrain so it is not going anyway far or fast," he said.
"Bulldozers are coming in to help crews gain access."
Mr Fradd said people in nearby towns, including Ararat would be able to smell smoke for the next few hours, and possibly on Wednesday.
Update, 3.24pm: The Country Fire Authority is responding to a bushfire near Ararat, while the grassfire on Mount Ararat is still out of control.
Two vehicles were responding to the bushfire 8.5 km southwest of Ararat, which is 10 hectares in size.
25 vehicles have been responding to the grassfire on Mount Ararat which has been upgraded to medium.
Update, 2.09pm: An advice message has been issued for Cathcart and Rocky Point for an out of control grassfire on Mount Ararat.
The Country Fire Authority has asked that people keep the roads clear so emergency services could respond and said that smoke may be visible to nearby roads and communities
16 vehicles are responding to the fire.
If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
- Smoke can affect people's health.
- People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
- People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor
Earlier: Three vehicles are responding to a small bushfire on Mount Ararat Road in Cathcart.
The fire was reported at 12.52pm on Tuesday.
The Mail-Times have contacted Country Fire Authority for comment.
More to come.
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