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Timbarra-Gil Groggin update 3/3/14
Community Information Newsletter # 6
Timbarra – Gil Groggin Fire
East Gippsland Fire Danger Rating: High
Monday 3 March 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 focused on 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.
Mon 3 Mar
Tue 4 Mar
Wed 5 Mar
Early fog then mostly sunny.
Max Temp 26o
Min Temp 12o
Early fog then sunny.
Max Temp 31o
Min Temp 13o
Shower or two.
Max Temp 28o
Min Temp 16o
Fog then sunny.
Max Temp 26o
Min Temp 14o
Max Temp 30o
Min Temp 14o
Max Temp 26o
Min Temp 16o
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 2,779 hectares, and has a perimeter of 36.5 kilometres.
This fire is not yet under control, however there is no current threat to communities.
Firefighters continue to patrol the fire edge and work on strengthening control lines around the fire perimeter.
Two areas of backburning, including along Dinner Creek Track, commenced yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow. Backburning around the fire is required to make it safe.
GOONGERAH-DEDDICK TRAIL FIRE
Jacksons Crossing section – The two areas of backburning which occurred on Saturday have had very good results. At Betts Creek Track crews are now blacking out remaining fire. Just to the east the area backburned between the Snowy River and the fire edge is also being blacked out; this was done to prevent the fire from spotting across the river. The spotfire located between the two areas of backburning has been bombed and will now have crews directly attacking it.
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 detected by patrolling crews.
RESOURCES DEPLOYED TODAY
Currently deployed to the fire areas include 194 personnel, 3 tankers, 77 firefighting vehicles, 11 plant and 8 aircraft.
BUSHFIRE DAMAGED FENCES THAT ADJOIN PUBLIC LAND
Rehabilitation and Recovery Officers have commenced on-ground assessments with landholders with fire affected properties, and will finalise application forms during the visit. They are beginning with Glenaladale landholders, and will progress to those affected landholders in the Jacksons Crossing area.
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 provide:
· 100% of restoration costs of fences damaged on private land as a result of machinery used by fire agencies to control bushfires.
· Half the cost of materials for fencing, between private and public land, damaged or destroyed by bushfire.
· Assistance to private landholders with the rehabilitation of fire control lines established by fire agencies during the suppression of bushfires.
People who are travelling, especially ahead of the Labour Day long weekend, are encouraged to plan their trip and stay informed. Many areas in Gippsland are not affected by fires. The region is open for business as usual, with plenty of beautiful places to visit; see www.inspiredbygippsland.com.au.
Police / Fire / Ambulance 000
Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) 1800 240 667
VBIL 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
Twitter Twitter @ CFA_Updates
Local ABC Radio 828 AM and 100.7 FM
Sky News TV
VicRoads 13 11 70 www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Parks Victoria 13 19 63 www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
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
Department of Health www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/bushfires
Bairnsdale ICC (Public Information Unit) 5152 0635