WHILE fire agencies work to control two bushfires in the Dargo area, the community has been reminded to be vigilant as hot and dry conditions persist across Gippsland.
These current fires near Dargo are now more than 700 hectares collectively and fire crews are working in steep and inaccessible country to control these fires.
Gippsland regional controller Mike Owen urged the community to be vigilant.
“We are currently experiencing hot, dry and windy conditions and the risk of starting new bushfires is very real,” he said.
“The weather forecast is for increasing winds and hotter temperatures as we enter the coming weekend and we are calling on the community to be aware of the conditions and to act responsibly.”
“The community are reminded that fire restrictions are still in place throughout Gippsland. No burning off is permitted without a permit and severe penalties apply for breaches of these laws.”
For up to date information and advice regarding bushfires and emergencies visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au or the VicEmergency app, or phone the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.