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Community info - Aberfeldy fire
Community Information update about the Aberfeldy – Donnellys Fire, as of Tuesday 12th February 2013.
The Aberfeldy-Donnellys Fire has burnt through approximately 82,820 hectares. It has now been going for 25 days and DSE, CFA, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water personnel continue to work to control this fire. In areas the countryside is steep and rocky, which has made it difficult for firefighters to access the fire.
Fire Suppression activities:
Current mild weather conditions are helping fire suppression activities. The areas of Glenfalloch and Mount Useful continue to receive particular attention from fire crews due to persisting active fire. The principal aims of firefighters today are to create secure control lines around the Licola Valley to protect private property and to halt the eastern spread of the fire.
Today fire suppression works are being focused around Licola and Glenfalloch as control lines are being constructed along both sides of the Licola Valley to the east and west of Licola. Backburning operations will continue and extend up to 1-in -10 Track northwest of Licola over the coming days.
Residents of Licola and surrounds including Glenfalloch, Glencairn and Wollangarra may see active fire and considerable smoke.
Crews continue to patrol around Mount Useful where backburning operations have been undertaken.
Most of the remaining fireground is quiet, with crews continuing to patrol and monitor, black out and mop up the fire.
Residents in Licola and Glenfalloch are advised to remain vigilant. Additional CFA and DSE crews will now be based in Licola over the coming days.
Predicted Fire Danger Rating is HIGH.
Partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog about the ranges. Areas of smoke haze about the ranges. Winds east to south easterly 15 to 20 km/h, increasing to 25 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon, then easing to 20 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 22 to 27.
Resources deployed to the fire will vary according to weather conditions. Availability of aircraft is dependent on the needs of other fire incidents in the area. Currently there are 270 personnel, 2 tankers, 52 slip-ons, 14 dozers and 6 aircraft deployed.
The Heyfield-Licola Road remains closed to the north at the junction with Kellehers Road, only allowing essential and emergency services vehicles to pass. The Jamieson-Licola Road is closed at Kevington just south of Jamieson, allowing residents access only. Local road users in the area should proceed with caution and watch out for firefighting vehicles, personnel and machinery. For more information visit: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
For information on park or forest road closures visit: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for information on forest and park road closures.
For general information about bushfires and smoke:
- Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 (free call). National Relay Service for hearing impaired is available via 1800 555 677.
- The CFA or DSE websites www.cfa.vic.gov.au and www.dse.vic.gov.au
- Facebook (facebook.com/cfavic) or Twitter (Twitter @ CFA_Updates)
- Local ABC radio
- Sky News TV.
For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance availability:
- The Department of Human Services www.dhs.vic.gov.au/emergency
- 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).
Most areas in Gippsland are not affected by the Aberfeldy-Donnellys Fire, which is mainly burning in a remote part of the region. The region is open for business as usual.