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Timbarra-Gil Groggin update 6/3/14
This will be the final newsletter covering the fires being focused on by the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre. This newsletter will be reinstated if required.
TIMBARRA-GIL GROGGIN FIRE
Yesterday the Timbarra-Gil Groggin Fire was declared contained.
This fire started from a lightning strike Saturday 8 February, and solid work by firefighting agencies and crews included establishing strong control lines around the fire, direct attack of the fire, strategic backburning to halt the spread of the fire, and many hours spent patrolling and blacking out the fire edge.
The Timbarra-Gil Groggin Fire is approximately 12 kilometres north-west of Buchan, and burnt through 2,883 hectares.
BAIRNSDALE INCIDENT CONTROL CENTRE
The Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre (ICC) has recently been focused on direct management of the Timbarra-Gil Groggin and Glenaladale-Mt Ray Fires.
It has also provided key assistance to the Orbost ICC managed Goongerah-Deddick Trail Fire, at the points where this fire crossed to the west over the Snowy River. Work on this western flank of the fire continues, particularly on the spotfire located east of Betts Creek Track. Aircraft and crews continue direct attack on continually running edges of the fire, and patrolling and blacking out other areas.
Overall this bushfire season has been extraordinarily busy and pitched at a high level. Incident Management Teams (IMT) from Queensland and firefighting crews from New South Wales have contributed to the Bairnsdale ICC effort. At the peak of the fire response there were 281 personnel, 15 tankers, 95 firefighting vehicles, 32 plant and over 10 aircraft deployed to the fires.
Not only have IMTs and especially firefighting crews been exposed to long and arduous hours, tasks and conditions, so too have the supporting agencies and communities. Red Cross, Life Aid, community businesses, volunteers and so many more have helped to support this campaign that has been dedicated to preserving life and assets at all costs.
Overall the Bairnsdale ICC, which has overseen both the Bairnsdale and Swifts Creek Districts’ fire response, has managed 57 bushfires since Wednesday 1 January. Of those, 55 have started since Tuesday 14 January. Approximately 95% of the fires were ignited by lightning strike; two thunderstorm events in mid January and early February saw 27 and 10 ignitions occur respectively. The remaining 5 % of fires were either lit deliberately, were caused through private landholder burn-off escapes, or started by other unknown causes.
The Bairnsdale ICC currently has logged in the system 25 fires, which now includes the Timbarra-Gil Groggin Fire, at status contained and under control.
BUSHFIRE DAMAGED FENCES AND CONTROL LINES
Rehabilitation and Recovery Officers, who are working closely with the Shires, continue visits to fire affected landholders in Glenaladale and the Jacksons Crossing area. Assessments on damage to fences and control line establishment continues, with restabilisation activities starting to occur.
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. Rehabilitation works on fire control lines has commenced.
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY ZONES
There have been two public safety zones declared in Gippsland, as a result of the recent bushfires. Public Safety Zones are put in place for a range of reasons, including:
· To allow the orderly and safe management of fuel reduction and fire suppression activities
· To protect flora and fauna, for example to allow rehabilitation of a site in a heavily used area or, to allow for forest regeneration following a bushfire or other disturbance.
The two Public Safety Zones are located in:
· State forest to the north-east of Licola
· State forest to the east of Dargo.
They will remain in place until 31 March 2014, and until this time prohibited activities include entering and remaining in the Public Safety Zones.
For more information on Public Safety Zones visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/forest-management/public-safety-zones.
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
Content from: Community Information Newsletter # 7 (Final) Timbarra – Gil Groggin Fire