As fire agencies across Victoria brace for extreme conditions again today, there has been little respite for communities in the far south-west.

A 7,000 hectare blaze continues to burn near Portland and local residents, many of whom have few communication options, are on edge.

At a small community meeting at Dartmoor, residents raised concerns about communications.

Many have slow speed or no internet and no radio reception.

The blaze has been burning in pine plantations in the Lower Glenelg National Park since Friday.

The Country Fire Authority had hoped to contain the blaze earlier this week, but the tough terrain has made it difficult.

Back-burning operations have been underway for almost a week to try to restrict the spread of the fire.

One local who has been living in the area for the past three years, says he has already been in a bushfire in Tasmania.

"I don't want to be in another one, that's scary, the poor buggers in Tasmania," he said.

"There's got to be something done to safeguard ordinary people."

He and his wife, both aged in their 70s, say they have been told they will get warnings via the telephone.

Another resident says the information has been patchy.

"People want to know where the fire is, not where it started," he said.

The community meeting was

They were told to use their phones, communicate with their neighbours and to turn on the radio.


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