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Peat fires battle over

Area declared safe

The battle to control the Cobden area peat fires has been won by firefighters.

Authorities formally declared the area safe on Tuesday afternoon.

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No hot spots have been detected at the Cobrico and Elingamite peat fires since April 24.

Control of the firefighting operation is now being handed back from the Cobden Incident Control Centre to the local CFA district and the area's brigades.

The plan is to have local fire crews monitoring the areas around the peat fires until the end of this month.

The Environment Protection Authority has simultaneously announced the last of its air monitoring stations in the area has been removed from Cobden.

Chief Environmental Scientist Dr Andrea Hinwood says the operation around the peat fires at Lake Cobrico and Lake Elingamite was another successful use of EPA’s incident air quality monitoring capacity.

“EPA has now removed the last of the stations in the area, as the data shows there is now only a low risk from smoke.