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Gippsland fire update 20 Feb

An update on the fire situation in Gippsland as of Wednesday, 20 February.

Harrietville – Alpine Fire

There was little fire activity overnight on the Harrietville – Alpine South Fire, with rain falling across parts of the fireground. This fire has burned 31,357 hectares of public and private land.

Firefighters from New South Wales are assisting Victorian Emergency services on this firefighting effort.

Residents and visitors are asked to take care while traveling in the area due to increased firefighting vehicles travelling on local roads.

The Great Alpine Road remains closed from Dinner Plain through to Harrietville. The Dargo High Plains is closed from Upper Dargo Road through to the Great Alpine Road.

Dargo Matheson Fire

This fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday and is currently being controlled. It is in very steep and heavily fuelled forest nine km north of Dargo. 

This fire has burned 864 hectares. Ground crews, bulldozers, and aircraft continue to work in this area.

The fire is currently burning in a north/north-easterly direction and is posing no threat to communities

Aberfeldy – Donnellys Fire

The Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burnt through approximately 84,860 hectares and has a 388 km perimeter.

The fire has now been burning for 33 days. DSE, CFA, Parks Victoria and NSW Rural Fire Service personnel continue to work to control this fire.

Two small fires in the Thomson Catchment area, five kilometres south west of Matlock, were started by lightning over the weekend.  One of these fires has been contained. The second fire has burnt 60 hectares. Ground crews and aircraft are working to contain this fire.  

Crews are continuing to build control lines, patrol and black out. Fire suppression works are being focused around Licola, Mt Useful and Glenfalloch.

The Heyfield-Licola road is closed at the Junction with Kellehers Road through to Jamieson, only open for essential and emergency services vehicles.

Ensay North – Upper Little River Road

Lightning strikes earlier in the week started four small fires in the area to the north of Ensay. Crews are working to contain these small fires.

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:

Last Updated: 20 February 2013