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Timbarra-Gil Groggin Update 28/2/14

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.15 PM 28 February, 2014


Location: District 10 News, District 11 News

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Community Information Newsletter # 5

 Timbarra – Gil Groggin Fire

West and South Gippsland Fire Danger Rating: Low-Moderate

Friday 28 February 2014       

Everyone should stay aware of their local weather conditions and have a bushfire survival plan ready. Existing fires are still being controlled and conditions could change quickly.

BAIRNSDALE INCIDENT CONTROL CENTRE

The Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre (ICC) is currently managing the following fires:
  • Timbarra-Gil Groggin Fire
  • Jacksons Crossing (part of the Goongerah-Deddick Trail Fire where it has crossed the Snowy River east and south-east of W Tree)
  • Campbells Knob (part of the Goongerah-Deddick Trail Fire where it has crossed the Snowy River east of Gelantipy)
  • Glenaladale-Mt Ray Fire.
 
WEATHER CONDITIONS
 
 Fri 28 FebSat 1 MarSun 2 Mar
BuchanMostly sunny. Max Temp 23oMin Temp 11oMostly sunny. Max Temp 24oMin Temp 13oDrizzle clearing. Max Temp 23oMin Temp 13o
BairnsdaleMostly sunny.  Max Temp 25oMin Temp 10oAfternoon shower or two. Max Temp 25oMin Temp 12oChance of drizzle. Max Temp 26oMin Temp 12o
TIMBARRA-GIL GROGGIN FIRE
The Timbarra-Gil Groggin Fire is approximately 12 kilometres north-west of Buchan. Starting from a lightning strike, this fire has now burnt through 2,761 hectares, and has a perimeter of 36.5 kilometres.This fire is not yet under control, however there is no current threat to communities.The fireground experienced some good rainfall on Wednesday night, which has greatly reduced fire activity. Crew sightings have reported only small amounts of smoke visible.Firefighters continue to patrol the fire edge and work on strengthening control lines around the fire perimeter. Once tracks have dried out more crews will be dispatched to continue patrol and black-out works. Backburning of approximately 3 kilometres along Dinner Creek Track may commence tomorrow, depending on suitable weather conditions. This will result in additional smoke being visible from Buchan and nearby communities and roads. This should not be a cause for concern.Backburning around the fire is required in order to make it safe.
 
GOONGERAH-DEDDICK TRAIL FIRE
Jacksons Crossing section – Fire activity has been quiet, but aircraft have been focused on a 28 hectare spotfire north of Betts Creek Track along the west of the Snowy River. This spotfire is in very steep terrain and difficult to access. Campbells Knob section – Fire activity has been quiet.
 
GLENALADALE-MT RAY FIRE
This fire has been contained and fire activity has been very quiet with only a few hotspots being detected by patrolling crews.
 
RESOURCES DEPLOYED TODAY
Resources currently deployed to the four fire areas include 218 personnel, 2 tankers, 80 firefighting vehicles, 23 plant and 8 aircraft.
 
BUSHFIRE DAMAGED FENCES THAT ADJOIN PUBLIC LAND
To support landholders and communities recover from a bushfire incident, the Victorian Government will assist in the cost of rehabilitation of fire control lines and repairing fences that have been damaged by bushfire that adjoin National Park, State Park and State Forest. The Government will pay 100% of restoration costs of fences damaged on private land as a result of machinery used by fire agencies to control bushfires.With regards to fencing between private land and the public land stated above, Government will meet half the cost of materials for fencing damaged or destroyed by bushfire.The Government will also assist private landholders with the rehabilitation of fire control lines established by fire agencies during the suppression of bushfires.Currently the Rehabilitation and Recovery Unit of the Bairnsdale ICC is completing desktop assessments of impacted landholders, and have cross-checked information with local government. The next step is to visit landholders and conduct on-ground assessments with them, and finalise application forms. The landholder visits are expected to commence next week.
 
COMMUNITY MEETINGS
There are currently no community meetings planned.
 
EMERGENCY RELIEF INFORMATION
There are currently no relief centres open.


Key Contacts
 
EMERGENCIES      
Police / Fire / Ambulance    000
 
FIRE INFORMATION

Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) 1800 240 667VBIL via the National Relay Service     1800 555 677 Callers with hearing or speech impairment can call the VBIL via the National Relay Service.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries   13 61 86                      www.depi.vic.gov.au/fires

Country Fire Authority  www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Warnings and Advice Messages  www.depi.vic.gov.au/fires or www.cfa.vic.gov.au  

STAY INFORMED
Facebook  facebook.com/cfavicTwitter @CFA_UpdatesLocal ABC Radio  828 AM and 100.7 FMSky News TV
 
ROAD CLOSURES
VicRoads                   13 11 70   www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

PARK CLOSURES
Parks Victoria           13 19 63www.parkweb.vic.gov.au 
 
RECOVERY INFORMATION
Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria        1300 799 232           www.recovery.vic.gov.au
East Gippsland Shire Recovery Line                 1800 100 298            www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au-      For assistance with fencing and water related issues. For referal to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.                                                                      
Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Bairnsdale   5152 0600. For assistance repairing damaged fences bordering public land. For assistance rehabilating control lines constructed by fire agencies. 
Victorian Farmers Federation   1300 882 833   www.vff.org.au. For assistance sourcing fodder.
 
 COUNSELLING AND HEALTH ADVICE
The impact of an emergency such as a bushfire can be stressful and exhausting. People are encouraged to look after themselves in this period. People who readily use formal and informal support from family, friends or other support organisations are generally found to recover better from stressful situations.
Lifeline   13 11 14   www.lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue  1300 224 636  www.beyondblue.org.au
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978   www.mensline.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800  www.kidshelp.com.au
Parentline  13 22 89  www.parentline.com.au
Nurse-on-Call  1300 60 60 24  
 
 GENERAL ENQUIRIES


Orbost ICC (Public Information Unit)              5152 0635

Last Updated: 28 February 2014