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Aberfeldy fire situation

There has been significant fire activity in the Black Range Sector on the northern edge of the Aberfeldy fire area this afternoon (Wednesday, 6 February) which generated a lot of smoke.

DSE Deputy Incident Controller Peter West said the plume could be seen from a distance, as far away as Traralgon and beyond.

“The fire had spotted over the control line and into very steep country, inaccessible to ground crews, so we put two water-bombing helicopters and two fire bombers on it for aerial suppression work,” he said.

“It was still behind the fallback lines, but had, and still has the potential to develop further in the forecast hot weather, so we’re attacking it aggressively.”

There was other fire activity inside control lines, particularly in the Kellys Lane area, five kilometres north of Coongulla. A water-bombing helicopter was deployed there to assist and two CFA brigades patrolled the area overnight.

Smoke has also been visible in other parts of the fire such as north of Cowwarr and around Seaton, but this activity is well within control lines.

“The risk of fire for the rest of this week is very high. People living in areas already affected by fire and across the region should remain vigilant and be aware of changing weather conditions in their area,” Mr West said.

Last Updated: 07 February 2013