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East Gippsland Fire Update 7th Feb

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.14 PM 7 February, 2014


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

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Community Information Newsletter Number 10 for far East Gippsland Fires

Friday 7 February 2014

 

This weekend is expected to bring dangerous fire weather to the state and our region. Everyone is advised to stay aware of their local weather conditions and to review their personal preparations for fire.

 

INCIDENT INFORMATION

A number of fires were ignited by lightning strikes in January and early February. Several of these fires have been brought under control, however some are still burning in the Snowy River National Park, the Errinundra National Park, the Coopracambra National Park and nearby State forest areas.

 

There are fires burning in the following areas, east of the Snowy River:

In the Deddick Valley
Near Tubbut
Near Bonang

Near Goongerah

Near Combienbar

Four kilometres north-west of Club Terrace

10 kilometres north-east of Chandlers Creek

 

Firefighters and contractors are working hard to get control lines around the fires, many of which are burning in remote, mountainous areas. Other firefighters are focusing on protecting communities and private property from the threat of fire. Aircraft are also working on bombing the fires and on reconnaissance and line scanning to monitor the fires. Base camps have been established to accommodate more firefighters and support personnel at Newmerella west of Orbost and at Delegate.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

DEPI and CFA staff will be visiting communities near the fires to answer questions and provide up-to-date information on:

Friday February 7

Club Terrace School from 10.00am till 11.00am

Bill Jeffries Reserve, Delgate (Base Camp) from 2pm – 3pm

 

Other communities will be provided with information as needed or requested. 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, and call a friend. Stay aware of your environment.

 

ROAD INFORMATION

Current road closures:

The Bonang Road is closed to all but firefighting vehicles and local residents. Essential services can obtain a permit from the DEP office in Orbost.

Yalmy Road and Pinnak Road remain closed to Rising Sun Road.

McKillops Bridge Rd from Snowy River Rd and Armstrong Tk , Deddick Valley – local residents

Only.

Other local roads and tracks could be closed, depending on the local fire situation.

 

Information on updated road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

 

Information about park and forest closures, including forest roads and tracks can be found at:

http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-landuse/ visiting-parks-and-forests/closures-of-parksand-

forests/

 

No-one except firefighting vehicles is allowed to drive past or around “Road Closed” signs. They are put there for public safety and to reduce traffic in a dangerous area. Smoke from the fires could affect roads at any time. Drive carefully. There will be many firefighting vehicles and heavy machinery using main and local roads in and near fire-affected areas. Please watch out, slow down and take extra care on our roads

 

PARK CLOSURES

Errinundra National Park

Lind National Park

Snowy River National Park

Alpine National Park below Willis to McKillops

 

STAY INFORMED

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.

Check for the latest warnings and advice messages at either www.depi.vic.gov.au/fires or

www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Facebook (facebook.com/cfavic) or Twitter (Twitter @ CFA_Updates)

Local ABC Radio: 828 AM 97.1 FM 104.9 FM 106.1 FM

TRFM Commercial Radio: 99.9 FM

Gold 1242: 1242 AM

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

There will be smoke across many parts of East Gippsland from active fires and from backburning operations.

For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance availability:

The Department of Human Services www.recovery.vic.gov.au

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).

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

For more information about these fires:

Orbost Incident Control Centre on (03) 5161 1318

Last Updated: 07 February 2014