Loch Sport fire

A 250 HECTARE fire broke out on the Gippsland Lakes coastal park, west of Loch Sport, early this morning, and was reported shortly after midnight.

Starting north of the main Loch Sport road, the fire had crossed south to both sides of the main road early this morning.

The fire ran north of the highway at Spoon Bay and Crest Track and south at Trig Track and Track 6, burning coastal vegetation as it was fuelled by north-westerly winds.

While the fire posed no immediate threat to Loch Sport or any private property, 40 DSE personnel, along with CFA crews, hastily acted to control the blaze, with the threat of strong winds forecast for this afternoon.

There was initial concern for Esso Longford infrastructure and pipelines buried in the area, DSE staff telling the Gippsland Times that there was no longer any danger.

Power was lost to Loch Sport today, with SP AusNet teams working to restore power to the area.

The Loch Sport road remained open with police managing traffic and heavy machinery was brought in to clear tracks and create firebreaks.

Aircraft observed the progression of the fire and a CFA bomber remained on standby, ready to douse flames.

DSE staff said that recent planned burn-offs conducted in the area assisted crews in managing the fire.