Gippsland fire update

Updated noon 12/2/13:

THE Aberfeldy fire has burned through 82,820 hectares from Aberfeldy, north-east of the Thomson Dam, to areas of public and private land between Heyfield and Licola.

The combined Harrietville-Alpine Fire (north and south) has burned 25,100 hectares with the most active fire burning on the west and southern sides of the fire.

Gippsland regional controller Mike Owen said the main fire activity was still to the south and west of Licola, in the Glenfalloch and Mount Useful areas.

“The situation for both fires hasn’t changed much overnight and the current mild weather conditions are helping us with our fire suppression efforts,” he said.

Smoke from the back burns may be visible from Cobungra, Dinner Plain, Hotham Heights and Omeo in the north and Licola, Glenfalloch, Glencairn and Wollangarra around the Aberfeldy fire.

“Back burning continues to be the most successful method of containing both of these fires,” Mr Owen said.

Gippslanders will be aware that many roads remain closed due to these fires.  The most up-to-date information can be found on the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Significant areas of forest and parks in Gippsland are closed due to fire activity.

Visitors should avoid the fire-affected areas and plan to go to other parts of the region that are safe to travel to.

Check the Parks Victoria website for information: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au  or call 131963.

Most areas in Gippsland are not affected by these fires, which are mainly burning in remote parts of the region. The region is open for business as usual, with plenty of beautiful places to visit.

For ideas, see Destination Gippsland’s website: www.destinationgippsland.com.au