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Gippsland Fire Situation 3/2/14
A South Westerly wind change moved through Gippsland this afternoon, challenging our fire fighters and providing little relief. 16 fires are still listed as “going” in parts of East Gippsland including Club Terrace, Goongerah, Gelantipy and Goongerah.
Residents of Goongerah were advised to evacuate yesterday evening with fire crews, SES and Victoria Police knocking on doors. The Goongerah – Mount Jersey fire did not impact on the township as the predicted strong winds did not have the expected impact. The fire has been active today and has been water-bombed by aircraft. Southerly winds continue to push the fire away from Goongerah. There has been 2 to 3mms of rain on the fire ground this afternoon.
The Mt Gelantipy – Musk Creek fire and the Gelantipy – Cambell Knob Road fire, 6km south of Deddick Valley have joined to create one large fire. This fire has the potential to spread and impact on the Deddick Valley communities if weather conditions worsen later this week. Significant smoke has been generated from these fires as they have been slowly expanding on all flanks under the influence of today’s variable winds. There is no current threat to communities.
A band of lightning moved through parts of East Gippsland this afternoon and has created several small fires south of Buchan. Crews and aircraft have been responded.
The Dargo - Danes Track fire had increased activity today due to hot and dry conditions. Some good work by DEPI crews saw it still within containment lines.
The Benambra - Corryong Rd has been opened. This road was closed as a result of Kings Spur fire north of the Benambra township.
The Bonang Road remains closed to traffic between Orbost and Bonang. This closure is being constantly reviewed to ensure that residents can access at the earliest opportunity.
Goongerah P-8 School (the main school and the Tubbut Campus) will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Further review of the situation will be undertaken on Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the school will remain closed for the rest of this week. At this stage no other schools or school bus routes are affected.
Over 400 fire fighters, supported by 99 four wheel drive fire fighting vehicles, 12 tankers, 42 dozers and graders and 7 aircraft have been working on the 16 going fires in Gippsland today.
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 via the National Relay Service 1800 555 677. Also tune into local ABC and commercial radio stations.
Issued by Gippsland Regional Control Centre.