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Gippsland residents told to prepare

Residents located around Erica and Briagolong are being urged to prepare ahead of severe fire behaviour predicted for tomorrow, Thursday 24 January and Friday this week.

Regional Controller Mike Owen said the Aberfeldy – Donnelys fire, which has burnt more than 61,780 hectares, is an area of concern for the agencies.

“Significant work has been done in constructing control lines around the fire, however, the northerly winds predicted for Thursday will put pressure on these lines and may breach the control lines and the fire may come out and impact communities," he said.

Areas that could be potentially impacted include, Erica, Walhalla, Rawson, Yallourn North, Tyers, Glengarry, Toongabbie, Cowwarr, Heyfield, Boisdale, Valencia Creek, Briagolong, Maffra and surrounding areas, which could all be affected by embers and the fire front.

Communities in grassland areas north of the Princes Highway are likely to experience smoke, embers and spot fires.

The Princes Highway from Morwell to Stratford is expected to be impacted by smoke.

“All Gippsland residents need to ensure that they regularly check their Bushfire Survival Plan and update it depending on local conditions," Mr Owen said.

The Incident Control Centre at Heyfield will continue to operate and issue warnings to the community where needed.

“Gippsland residents need to remain vigilant as it is still early in summer and further bushfires may start," Mr Owen said.

“The current bushfire activity is in a small area of Gippsland.  Prior to changing your holiday plans make contact with your accommodation provider first for localised information”

Assistance in preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan is available by contacting the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, attending a community meeting or visiting the CFA website

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People should never rely on one source for information. Keep informed via the CFA website (, phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667, listen to emergency broadcasters; ABC radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, SKY News Television and follow CFA via Twitter (@cfa_updates) and Facebook (/cfavic) or download the FireReady app.

Last Updated: 23 January 2013