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Police are investigating whether a fire at Seahampton was deliberately lit.
The Rural Fire Service was called to George Booth Drive and Mount Sugarloaf Road after a fire broke out just before midday, with RFS crews still trying to get the 15 hectare blaze under control.
Detectives are treating the fire as suspicious.
George Booth Drive and Mount Sugarloaf Road have just reopened after crews successfully built containment lines.
Anyone with info is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.