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Fire Updates: Lake Rowan & Stewarton
The Lake Rowan fire has burned 5,639 hectares of private grassland and sections of the Warby-Ovens National Park.
**Wangaratta ICC Media Release**
Assets burned include two thousand head of stock, one house and several farm buildings. Even though the spread of this fire has slowed it is still active with many hotspots recorded especially along the south eastern edge.
The Stewarton fire has burned through 2,602 hectares of private land including several farm buildings and many kilometres of fencing. This fire is now under control although fire crews continue to patrol the perimeter of the fire and black out hot spots.
Wangaratta ICC Incident Controller, Ross Williamson said fire crews are concentrating efforts on two areas of concern within the Warby-Ovens National Park.
"The Lake Rowan fire will take a few more days to contain," he said, and advised communities to remain vigilant and keep informed on the weather conditions and any possible changes of fire activity.
Smoke from the fires may be visible in neighbouring communities including Peechelba, Almonds, Bungeet, Goorambat and Chesney.
Traffic Management Points have been set up around the Lake Rowan fire limiting access to through traffic. Land holders are able to obtain an identification wrist band from the Wangaratta Incident Control Centre, Ely Street Wangaratta to access their properties if conditions are safe.
The Midland Highway remains closed between Tocumwal Road and the Violet Town/Nilinga Road intersection. Fire crews are working with Vic Roads to reopen this section of the highway as well as other roads as quickly as possible. Dangerous trees need to be treated before these roads can be safely used by the general public.
AusNet are repairing all damage to infrastructure caused by the Stewartson fire.
A Relief and Recovery Centre has been established at the Barr Reserve Community Centre, Schilling Drive, Wangaratta and evacuated pets/livestock can be taken to the Wangaratta Showgrounds via Golf Links Lane. The Relief & Recovery mobile phone number is 0400 671 730. This Centre will operate until further notice.
Officers from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries are working with land holders to assist with livestock welfare issues and asset losses.
For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, 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 can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) callers contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to telephone VBIL. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television.
For road closures check the VicRoads website http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au
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