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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.


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.


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.


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


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

Key Contacts


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            

Country Fire Authority                                       

Warnings and Advice Messages                        or




Twitter                                                                             Twitter @ CFA_Updates

Local ABC Radio                                                             828 AM and 100.7 FM

Sky News TV


VicRoads                                                                         13 11 70            



Parks Victoria                                                                 13 19 63             


Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria                  1300 799 232

East Gippsland Shire Recovery Line                           1800 100 298 

-      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  

-      For assistance sourcing fodder.



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            

Beyond Blue                                                                  1300 224 636 

Mensline Australia                                                       1300 789 978  

Kids Helpline                                                                  1800 551 800  

Parentline                                                                      13 22 89            

Nurse-on-Call                                                                1300 60 60 24 

Department of Health                                        



Bairnsdale ICC (Public Information Unit)        5152 0635

Content from: Community Information Newsletter # 7 (Final) Timbarra – Gil Groggin Fire

Last Updated: 06 March 2014