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Timbarra-Gil Groggin update 3/3/14

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  9.49 AM 4 March, 2014


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

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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.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

Mon 3 Mar

Tue 4 Mar

Wed 5 Mar

Bairnsdale

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

Buchan

Fog then sunny.

 

Max Temp 26o

Min Temp 14o

Mostly sunny.

 

Max Temp 30o

Min Temp 14o

Possible shower.

 

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.

TOURISM UPDATE

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.


Key Contacts

EMERGENCIES      

Police / Fire / Ambulance                                                            000

 

FIRE INFORMATION

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

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

 

STAY INFORMED

Facebook                                                                                                                   facebook.com/cfavic

Twitter                                                                                                                       Twitter @ CFA_Updates

Local ABC Radio                                                                                                        828 AM and 100.7 FM

Sky News TV

 

ROAD CLOSURES

VicRoads                                                                                  13 11 70                      www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

 

PARK CLOSURES

Parks Victoria                                                                          13 19 63                    www.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 

Department of Health                                                         www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/bushfires

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES


Bairnsdale ICC (Public Information Unit)                          5152 0635                                       

Last Updated: 04 March 2014