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Gippsland fire update 4/2/14
Issued by Gippsland Regional Control Centre.
Eleven fires are still listed as “going” in parts of East Gippsland including Club Terrace, Deddick Valley, Gelantipy and Goongerah.
A significant band of lightning crossed parts of East Gippsland late yesterday afternoon starting several new fires. A cluster of four fires between Nowa Nowa and Bruthern were rapidly contained by DEPI fire fighters.
Two other fires started close to the New South Wales/Victorian border at the top end of the Monaro Highway.
One of these fires in the Coopracambra National Park has spread to 20 hectares. Fire authorities have been working closely with their interstate counterparts to ensure this fire does not spread further.
Regional Fire Controller Bryan Russell said “Fire fighters and contractors are working hard to get control lines around these fires, many of which are burning in remote, mountainous areas”.
Other fire fighters 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 fire fighters and support personnel at Newmerella west of Orbost and at Delegate in New South Wales.
Community information sessions are planned for Thursday and Friday at Goongerah, Bonang, Tubbut and Club Terrace.
There are 411 fire fighters working on the fires in Gippsland, supported by 61 4WD vehicles, 32 tankers, 44 dozers and graders, 10 aircraft.
For further information on fires or planned burns in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 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. Also tune into local ABC and commercial radio stations.