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Orbost/Goongerah fire update

  • Gippsland RD Mark Potter with DEPI firefighters
  • Crew briefing

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  3.35 PM 24 January, 2014

Location: District 9 News, District 10 News, District 11 News

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Community Information Newsletter # 4

Orbost, Cann River, Bendoc, Club Terrace, Goongerah and Marlo

Friday 24 January 2014

A large number of fires were ignited by lightning strikes on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2014. Many of these fires have since been contained however thirteen fires are not yet under control.

The largest of the fires are:

Club Terrace – Goolengook River Fire

Size: 5733ha

Location: north and northwest of Club Terrace, 9km north of the intersection of Combienbar Road and the Princes Highway.

Goongerah – Deddick Trail Fire

Size: 1711ha

Location: Snowy River National Park, 21km southwest of Bonang.

Goongerah – Joys Creek Fire

Size: 929ha

Location: Directly east of the township of Goongerah.

Over 200 people are working on the fires including 14 from the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service. Twenty-six bulldozers, nine excavators and ten aircraft have been assisting with fire suppression with the support of water tankers and four wheel drive vehicles.


The intent of a Public Safety Zone is to clearly show the restricted area. This restricted area is to ensure the management of public safety by restricting access during fire suppression activities and fuel reduction burning. This Public Safety Zone is also intended to reduce the potential risk to public safety in the event of land slips, flash flooding in fire affected areas.

The public are asked to not enter this gazetted Public Safety Zone at any time. By not entering you are assisting the emergency services in suppression activities.

This zone is an enforceable area.


The role of Traffic Management points is to facilitate access to those with a valid reason to enter the area affected by fire.

Currently the Traffic Management Points are at level “C” which is Authorised Access for residents, recovery and relief services, council or Vic roads employees or sub contractors and business owners in the immediate area.

Identification that assists in establishing a “justified need” can include; Drivers licence, Organisation ID or Business owner sutiable identification.


Snowy River National Park east of the Snowy River.

Errinundra National Park

Lind 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 either or

Facebook ( or Twitter (Twitter @CFA_Updates)

Local ABC radio 828 AM 106.1 FM 97.1 FM

ABC News Radio 107.9 FM 89.7 FM

Sky New TV


For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance availability:

The Department of Human Services

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).


Information on updated road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the VicRoads website


The Department of Human Services offer a range of support services including personal, emotional, psychological and financial help. For information go to


 For more information about this fire:

 Orbost Incident Control Centre, on (03) 5161 1318

Last Updated: 28 January 2014