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Orbost/Goongerah fire update

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.17 PM 28 January, 2014

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

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The latest Community Newsletter for Orbost, Cann River, Bendoc, Club Terrance, Goongerah and Cape Conran.  

Tuesday 28 January 2014 - Today is a Day of Total Fire Ban


 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 10 fires are not yet under control.

The largest of the fires are:

Club Terrace – Goolengook River Fires
Size: 5441ha
Location: north and northwest of Club Terrace, 9km north of the intersection of Combienbar Road and the Princes Highway.
Construction of a control line to the south of the fire has been completed. Back burning from the control line commenced yesterday (Monday). Combienbar Road is open again, but may be closed depending on fire activity in coming days.

Snowy Complex – Deddick Trail, Musk Creek and Campbells Knob
Size: 2057 hectares
Location: Snowy River National Park, 25km west of Bonang and 10km southwest of Deddick Valley.
These fires are burning in very remote and rugged country. There is ongoing monitoring and each day air crews are working to contain the fire by air. Construction of fall back lines continues along Yalmy Road, Minchins Track and Boundary Track. Some of this work is on the public private land interface.

Goongerah Complex - Mt Jersey, B A Creek, Joys Creek and Ellery Track Fires
Size – 1821 hectares
Construction of control lines continues on 36 Mile Track and Mt Jersey Road. Back burning has commenced on the eastern and southern side of Joys Creek fire off the Bonang Road and private property interface.
Township protection works around Goongerah have been completed.

Combienbar – Misery Spur and Errinundra River Fires
Size: 245ha
Location: 3km north west of the township of Combienbar.
These has been no fire activity on these fires for several days. Air reconnaissance continues to monitor them daily.

General Information
Over 200 people are working on the fires .There are 43 bulldozers and excavators and 6 aircraft assisting with fire suppression supported by water tankers and four wheel drive vehicles. Smoke will be visible from nearby communities in coming days

Park Closures – Currently
Errinundra National Park
Lind National Park
Snowy River National Park east of the Snowy River
Yalmy Road and Pinnak Road remain closed to Rising Sun Road.

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

Public Information Section – Community Liaison

Version 1.4 updated: Feb 2013


Last Updated: 30 January 2014