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Aberfeldy fire situation 7 Feb 2013

  • View from Glenfalloch station, image submitted via FireReady app
  • View from Glenfalloch station, image submitted via FireReady app
  • View from Glenfalloch station, image submitted via FireReady app
  • View from Glenfalloch station, image submitted via FireReady app
  • View at 9.45 am, 7 Feb 2013, from a back yard in Tinamba West.
  • Smoke plume visible from the Maffra-Newry road.
  • Smoke plume from the Licola fire viewed from Tinamba West.

The Aberfeldy fire spotted over control lines on the northern edge, west of Glenfalloch Station today, 7 February developing rapidly in the hot, dry conditions and creating a smoke plume visible for many kilometres.

The Wollangarra Outdoor Education Camp was under threat and the fire also came close to private property at Glenfalloch Station.

DSE Incident Controller, Peter West said DSE and CFA strike teams helped staff at the camp to defend the property, which is not currently being directly affected by the fire.

“We attacked the fire aggressively from the air today as the remote country it’s burning in is not accessible by ground crews,” Mr West said.

“Machinery and ground crews have been constructing control lines to the east of the fire, west of the Licola Road.

“Ash and burnt leaves from this fire have been carried a long way to the south-east and the smoke also affected communities over a great distance.”

 There have been some smoke reports on other areas of the fire, but they have been within existing control lines. DSE crews continue to patrol and blackout other areas of the fire.

The focus tomorrow will be on asset protection, particularly in the Glenfalloch and Licola area.

“Residents near the fire area and further afield should stay vigilant and be aware of changing weather conditions in their area as this fire is far from over,” Mr West said.

Last Updated: 08 February 2013