RELATED: Fire update
TODAY’S milderweather has given crews a chance to make progress on a number of fires across Gippsland.
There arecurrently 16 “going” fires in Gippsland, however all Emergency Warnings havebeen downgraded. There still remains aWatch & Act message for Goongerah, Bonang, Deddick Valley, Dellicknora andTubbut.
In theLatrobe Valley, crews have been concentrating on the fires in the Hazelwoodopen cut mine and the Maryvale paper mill.
There is still active fire in bush and plantation to the north ofMorwell. New control lines have beenestablished around parts of the Morwell township.
Threefires (Deddick Trail, Jacksons Crossing and Mt Jersey) made large runs onSunday under very severe fire weather. Theycovered about 120,000 hectares with the largest being Goongerah Dettick Trainbeing about 70,000ha.
The focustoday has been assessing all the fires and affected areas and gatheringinformation regarding possible property loss, stock loss, fence loss, size offires, active edges and possible spot fires.
BonangRd is closed and blocked by fallen trees – likely to be closed for to thepublic for a couple days but work will begin today to hopefully clear the roadso emergency vehicles, contractors and local residents can move in and out.
Regional fire controller Anthony Costigan said the next few days of predictedcalmer weather did not mean it was a chance for people to become complacent.
“Thesefires are still very active, so we are urging locals and those passing throughthe area to continually seek out the latest information on bushfires,” he said.
“Some ofthese fires, in east Gippsland are expected to be going for some time, sopeople need to be prepared for the fact that they are in for the long haul.
“Incident controllers across the region are making the reopening of roads an extremely high priority to ensurethat residents can have access.” he said
“Fireagencies are working in conjunction with VicRoads and councils to reopen roadswhere it is possible. Some roads havereopened for locals only, to allow residents to return home, while other roadslike the Princes Freeway at Morwell have been to reopened under temporary conditions, including reducedspeed limits, because of fire damage to the road, signs and guideposts.”
There are more than972 firefighters working on the fires in Gippsland today, supported by 1714WD vehicles, 66 tankers, 109 dozers and graders, and 19 aircraft.
For more information on fires or planned burns in Victoria and general firesafety, phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech /communication impairment may call textphone / telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969.Also tune into local ABC and commercial radio stations.
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