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Gippsland update 22/01/13
Firefighters have been continuing their work overnight to build containment lines around the Aberfeldy - Donnellys fire in Gippsland.
Approximately 600 crew, 130 vehicles and 13 aircraft are involved in fighting the fire which is now 61,783 hectares in size. The fire perimeter now runs for 322 kms.
Fire behaviour is expected to increase slightly as the temperature rises during the day and crews will continue backburning operations and building containment lines.
A critical 190 hectare back burn will reduce fuel loads in the unburnt area 5 kms south of Glenmaggie and 6 kms northwest of Heyfield - smoke will be visible from surrounding communities.
Residents are being allowed back into Seaton, Glenmaggie Township and Glenmaggie Point.
Restricted access has now been restored to Licola Road, all the way from Licola to Heyfield. This means residents of the immediate area; people providing recovery and relief services, council or VicRoads employees or sub-contractors, and business owners in the immediate area can now access Licola.
One relief centre is open at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Cobains Road, Sale. The relief centre at Traralgon has closed.
Staff from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are in the area assessing impact on livestock.
Community meetings were held yesterday and two more will be held today and tomorrow (22 & 23 Jan) at the following places and times:
Tue 22 Jan:
Coongulla Hall – Community Meeting – all agencies, 4.30pm (confirmed)
Briagalong Hall – Community Meeting – all agencies, 7.30pm
Wed 23 Jan:
Stratford Community Hall at 7:30pm