Licola Rd opened for local traffic

Updated 4pm Monday:

RESTRICTED access has been restored to Licola Rd, all the way from Licola to Heyfield.

The fire in the Licola area is being controlled. Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The fire in Licola is being controlled.

Backburning continued overnight in the Mt Useful area, while machinery and dozers are continuing to consolidate lines in the Black Range area.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Residents of the immediate area; people providing recovery and relief services, council or VicRoads employees or sub-contractors, and business owners in the immediate area can now access Licola.

Residents and property owners in these locations will need to supply clear evidence/proof of occupancy within the area, at the road block at the intersection of Licola and Kellehers Rds. This would be in the form of a photo ID, such as a driver’s licence.

For others it would require organisational ID, CFA/DSE media accreditation and suitable identification for business owners.

If community members cannot supply any form of identification then you should attend the Heyfield Incident Control Centre (1 Firebrace Rd, Heyfield) to obtain a permit to access through the road block.

DEPARTMENT of Sustainability and Environment is conducting backburning in the Stoney Creek area.

Smoke will be highly visible from surrounding communities, such as Coongulla, Cowwarr Weir, Dawson, Glenmaggie, Heyfield and Seaton, and roads.

For more information visit http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news-in-brief/item/488-.html

PEOPLE have been told to be aware that road safety conditions may have changed due to fire activity; there may be no signs, no line marking or safety barriers.

Emergency services will also be in the area using heavy machinery to clear roads.

Roaming animals, fallen trees and vegetation may also be in the roadside area.

Drivers should take care on the roads and avoid unnecessary travel, particularly in fire-affected areas.

Changes to road conditions and access levels can happen quickly, so it is best to check the VicRoads website regularly or call the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70.

Bushfires can leave potential health hazards on your property. Wear protective clothing. Where at all possible try to avoid taking children onto fire-damaged properties. For further information about protecting yourself and family members go to: www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/bushfire

Victoria Police has reiterated that many roads in the Seaton, Glenmaggie and Heyfield area are restricted to local access only.

Police will be actively patrolling the area and have asked drivers to take care on the roads and avoid unnecessary travel, particularly in fire-affected areas.

Changes to road conditions and access levels can happen quickly, so it is best to check the VicRoads website regularly or phone the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70.

Be aware road safety conditions may have changed. Some roads may have no signs, line markings or safety barriers. There are also still emergency services and large heavy machinery working to clean up roads.

Roaming animals, fallen trees and vegetation may still be in the roadside area. This makes it particularly important to observe speed limits and drive with extra caution.