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Bairnsdale Fire Update 11/2/14

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  11.26 AM 11 February, 2014

Location: District 9 News, District 10 News, District 11 News

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Community Information Newsletter (no. 1) for fires managed by the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre.

People living in fire prone areas should keep up to date with the weather forecast and have their bushfire survival plan ready. Existing fires are still being controlled and conditions could change quickly.


On Sunday 9 February high temperatures and windy conditions resulted in over 100 fires across the State.  Most fires in this part of Gippsland were started by lightning after thunderstorms crossed the region on 14-16 January and 3-9 February.

5 fires north of Bairnsdale remain active and include: 

The Goongerah-Deddick Trail Fire located in the Snowy River National Park is the largest of these fires.  It crossed to the west of the Snowy River on 9th February and to date has burnt through some 77,000 hectares.  This fire may impact upon the Butchers Ridge, Gelantipy and Wulgulmerang communities if the fire moves in a westerly to north westerly direction. This fire is being managed by Orbost Incident Control Centre.

The Mt Ray - Fernbank – Glenaladale Fire at 7,579 ha has potential to spread towards Hunter Corner, Iguana Creek and into the Mitchell River National Park.  The fire has crossed the Fernbank - Glenaladale Road and Bairnsdale - Dargo Road.

The Timbarra – Gil Groggin Fire had the potential to head towards the township of Buchan. Considerable air bombing and ground crew efforts held the fire until a wind change reduced the threat.  The fire is currently 269 ha and may still impact the Buchan and Murrindal communities.  Fire suppression activities are continuing on this fire.

The Buchan - Jacksons Crossing Track Fire is currently 11,409 ha and is now being managed from the Orbost Incident Control Centre.  The main fire front extended south yesterday, but has not crossed Bonang Rd.  However, a number of spotfires have started to the east of the Bonang Rd.

The 6 ha Davies Plain – Kings Plain Track Fire does not pose any threat to communities and is currently being controlled by the NSW Fire Agencies via aircraft.

2 fires are currently contained within control lines:

The Dargo – Danes Track – Friday Spur Fire has been contained at 1,878 ha and poses no threat to communities at present.

The Nowa Nowa – Hospital Creek Fire is now contained at 4.7ha.


Over 250 people are working on the fires.  There are 27 bulldozers and excavators and 9 aircraft assisting with fire suppression supported by numerous water tankers and four wheel drive vehicles.  

Fire fighters from NSW are assisting with fire suppression.

A base camp has been set up at Karoondah Park, Gelantipy, to support operational staff accommodation.

While conditions have eased, fire danger ratings remain High to Very High with warm temperatures and no rain forecast until later in the week.

Fire authorities continue to assess the extent of the fire situation and conduct risk planning.

If people remain in a fire prone area they should be adequately prepared with food, water, firefighting equipment and all necessities so they do not need to drive out of the area for supplies.

Look out of your window, talk to your neighbours, call a friend. Stay aware of your environment.

Don’t wait for a warning to be sent to your phone - it’s your responsibility to know your local conditions and be informed.

If you are travelling home after being away for the weekend, it is critical that you check ahead for fire conditions in places you may be travelling through.


7.30pm Tuesday 11 February at the Gelantipy Hall Gelantipy.


The Bairnsdale – Dargo Road is currently closed to visitors. Please monitor Vic Roads website for updates..

McKillops Bridge Road from Wulgulmerang East to Armstrong Track is closed to all but emergency service vehicles.

Mitchell River National Park is closed.

Snowy River National Park is closed

For information on road closures or to report road hazards call 13 11 70 or visit the VicRoads website



A number of schools in East Gippsland may be closed.

Visit or contact your local school for more information.


The Bruthen Relief Centre is now closed.  Three other relief centres have also now closed: Delegate Country Club, Orbost Secondary College, Cann River Secondary College.


People who have evacuated from their homes are encouraged to register with the Red Cross Register. Find Reunite service online at by calling 1800 727 077.


For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.  Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment may call textphone/telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969.

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Call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24 (this is a phone service that allows you to discuss any health related issue with a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria).

For further information and resources on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health and environment, visit:


The Victorian Government can provide a range of support services including personal, emotional, psychological and financial help.  For information phone the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 or go


For any injured wildlife contact Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535 or DEPI on 5152 0600.


A number of livestock have been caught in the fires and farmers should contact the DEPI Regional Veterinary Officer at Bairnsdale for assistance on 5152 0600.


If your property has been damaged by fire, please contact the East Gippsland Shire’s Recovery team.

For more information about this fire contact Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre on (03) 5152 0635

Last Updated: 11 February 2014