Gippsland fire overview

Updated 10.20am 13/2/13

HARRIETVILLE-ALPINE FIRE

THE main fire activity overnight on the Harrietville–Alpine Fire was in the Dargo River Valley area, 40km to the north of the Dargo township.

Backburning continues to be the main focus of fire fighting activities, particularly in the Hotham/Dinner Plain area.

The Harrietville-Alpine fire has burned 27,949 hectares of public and private land.

Community officers will be visiting townships in the affected communities to answer questions residents and tourists may have and provide the latest fire updates.

There are about 493 CFA and DSE personnel, 160 slip-on vehicles, 57 tankers, 55 plant and 12 aircraft working on the combined North and South fires.

The Great Alpine Rd remains closed from the Mt Hotham Airport through to Harrietville.  The Dargo High Plains is closed from Upper Dargo Rd through to the Great Alpine Rd.

ABERFELDY-DONNELLYS FIRE

CONTINUING mild weather conditions in the south are helping fire suppression activities with principle aim of crews over the coming days to create secure control lines around the Licola Valley.

This is to ensure the protection of private property and to halt the eastern spread of the fire.

Control lines are being constructed along both sides of the Licola Valley to the east and west of Licola with backburning operations continuing up to 1-in-10 Track north-west of Licola over coming days.

Regional controller Mike Owen said residents of Licola and surrounds, including Glenfalloch, Glencairn and Wollangarra, may see active fire and considerable smoke.

“Gippsland is expecting more severe fire conditions early next week and I urge Gippslands to remain vigilant” he said.

The Aberfeldy fire has burned through 83,000 hectares from Aberfeldy, north-east of the Thomson Dam, to areas of public and private land between Heyfield and Licola.