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Gippsland Fire Update 5/2/14
This weekend is expected to bring dangerous fire weather to the state and our region. Everyone is advised to stay aware of their local weather conditions and to review their personal preparations for fire.
Community Information Newsletter Number 9
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
A number of fires were ignited by lightning strikes last month and in the last two days. Many of these fires have been brought under control, but some are still burning in the Snowy River National Park, the Errinundra National Park, the Coopracambra National Park and nearby State forest areas.
There are fires burning in the following areas, east of the Snowy River:
- in the Deddick Valley
- near Goongerah
- near Combienbar
- four kilometres north-west of Club Terrace
- 10 kilometres north-east of Chandler Creek.
Firefighters and contractors are working hard to get control lines around the fires, many of which are burning in remote, mountainous areas. Other firefighters 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 firefighters and support personnel at Newmerella west of Orbost and at Delegate.
DEPI and CFA staff will be visiting communities near the fires to answer questions and provide up-to-date information on
Thursday February 6
- Goongerah Hall from 9.00am till 10.00am
- Bonang Hall from 12.00pm till 1.00pm
- Tubbut Neighbourhood House from 2.00pm till 3.00pm
Friday February 7
- Club Terrace School from 10.00am till 11.00am
Other communities will be provided with information as needed or requested.
If people remain in a fire prone area they should be adequately prepared with food, water, firefighting equipment and all necessities so they do not need to drive out of the area for supplies. Look out of your window, talk to your neighbours, call a friend. Stay aware of your environment.
The Bonang Road is closed to all but firefighting vehicles and local residents. Yalmy Road and Pinnak Road remain closed to Rising Sun Road.
Other local roads and tracks could be closed, depending on the local fire situation.
Information on updated road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Information about park and forest closures, including forest roads and tracks can be found at: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-landuse/visiting-parks-and-forests/closures-of-parksand-forests/
No-one except firefighting vehicles are allowed to drive past or around 'Road Closed' signs. They are put there for public safety and to reduce traffic in a dangerous area. Smoke from the fires could affect roads at any time. Drive carefully. There will be many firefighting vehicles and heavy machinery using main and local roads in and near fire-affected areas. Please watch out, slow down and take extra care on our roads.
- Errinundra National Park
- Lind National Park
- Snowy River National Park
For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, 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 may call textphone/telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969.
Check for the latest warnings and advice messages at www.emergency.vic.gov.au
Local ABC Radio: 828 AM 97.1 FM 104.9 FM 106.1 FM
TRFM Commercial Radio: 99.9 FM
Gold 1242: 1242 AM
There will be smoke across many parts of East Gippsland from active fires and from backburning operations. For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance availability:
- The Department of Human Services www.recovery.vic.gov.au
- Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24 (this is a phone service that allows you to discuss any health related issue with a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria).
For more information about these fires contact Orbost Incident Control Centre on (03) 5161 1318