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Gippsland Fire Update - 15 February

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  11.06 AM 15 February, 2013


Location: General

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An update on the fires in Gippsland - 15 February 2013.

Harrietville - Alpine South

This fire is now 12,130 hectares, with a perimeter of 228 kilometres. The fire has not spread much overnight, but there will be increased smoke visible from communities today as backburning operations progress.

There are around 240 fire fighting personnel, 14 tankers, 54 slip on units, 64 vehicles and 27 dozers and graders working on this fire today. Around 50 firefighters will be arriving from NSW on Saturday to assist our crews.

Backburning will be progressed over the next two days in the Wongungarra River area if weather conditions remain suitable. Increased smoke will be generated from these burns.

Aberfeldy – Donnellys Fire

Recent mild weather is helping fire suppression activities and any more rain will ease conditions further.

The Aberfeldy fire has burned through 84,100 hectares and has a perimeter of almost 400 kilometres. Firefighters have constructed control lines on over 300 kilometres of that perimeter by hand, with machinery and from the air.

Today there are 295 personnel working on the fire, supported by 11 tankers, 87 slip-on units (4WD vehicles), 14 dozers and seven aircraft.

The principle aim of crews remains to complete secure control lines and burning operations around the Licola Valley to protect private property there.

Further control lines are being constructed near the junction of Hickeys Creek Track and the southern end of Mt Margaret Track to protect the Avon Wilderness.

Backburning operations in the area will continue when weather conditions allow.

Most of the remaining fireground is quiet, with crews continuing to patrol and monitor, black out and mop up the fire area.

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 to the south at Jamieson, allowing residents access only. Local road users in the area should proceed with caution and watch out for firefighting vehicles, personnel and machinery.

The Thomson Dam Access Road remains closed at the southern end of the Thomson Dam, north of Erica.

For more information about road closures visit: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

For information about forest and park closures visit: www.parkweb.vic,.gov.au

Most areas in Gippsland are not affected by these fires, which are mainly burning in remote parts of the region. The region is open for business as usual, with plenty of beautiful places to visit.

For ideas, see Destination Gippsland’s website: www.inspiredbygippsland.com.au

Last Updated: 15 February 2013