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Gippsland update 23/01/13

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  8.24 AM 23 January, 2013


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DSE and CFA crews have been working throughout the night to consolidate containment lines.

Burning out has occurred in the southwest in the vicinity of Stoney Creek Track and Lammers No 1 Track with good results.

There will be aerial works conducted in this area from north of Walhalla through to Cowwarr during today. These fire lighting works will cause large amounts of smoke in these areas. This work is to strengthen the control lines.

Crews continue to black out areas along the southeast edge of the fire and along the western side of LakeGlenmaggie. The public should be aware that small fires still burning in the already blackened areas will pose no significant threat.

Burning out operations along Mt Margaret Track to the east of the MacalisterRiver were hampered by high humidity overnight and will continue during today. This will see a large amount of smoke visible in the area.

The fire is subdued in the northwest of the fire area along O’Keefe Track near Aberfeldy and consolidation works continue. Fall back lines have been brushed up along the Black range – these include Greenhill’s Track, Twenty Acre Creek Track, Hickeys Creek Track and Burgoyne Track. 

Community meetings are to be held in the following areas today:

10.00am Walhalla (Star Hotel)

12.00pm Parkers Corner (CFA Fire Station)

2.30pm Glengarry (Hall)                    

6.30pm Toongabbie (Mechanics Institute)

7.30pm Stratford (Hall)

Residents are encouraged to attend their local meeting for updated information on the current situation.

A number of roads in the Licola, Seaton and Aberfeldy areas remain closed. There is limited access for local residents.

For injured animals contact Animal Aid Victoria on: 1300 094 535. For small animals contact Wellington Shire Pound 51445940 and for large animals visit the Sale Show Grounds.

Stay informed through the CFA website (www.cfa.vic.gov.au) and by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667, by listening to emergency broadcasters; ABC radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, SKY News Television and following CFA via Twitter (@cfa_updates) and Facebook (/cfavic) or the FireReady app.

Last Updated: 23 January 2013