Gippsland fires being controlled

Updated 3.25pm 19/2/13

Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire

FIRE activity and suppression works continue in the Licola, Glenfalloch, Wollangarra and Glencairn area.

This bushfire is being controlled.

This fire has burnt through more than 84,893 hectares.

DSE and CFA crews will maintain their presence in Licola over coming days.

Much of the remaining fireground is quiet and patrols continue to monitor, black out and mop up the fire area.

The Heyfield-Licola Rd remains closed at the junction with Kellehers Rd through to Jamieson, allowing residents and essential services access only. Speed restrictions are in place and local road users in the area should proceed with caution and watch out for firefighting vehicles, personnel and machinery.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Thomson catchment fire

FIRE activity in the Thomson catchment area is being controlled.

Melbourne Water crews, machinery and aircraft are currently working to contain this fire.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Dargo-Matheson Track fire

A BUSHFIRE 13 kilometres north of the Dargo township is 829 hectares in size.

Ground cres and air craft continue to work on containing the fire.

The fire is burning in the Wongungarra State Forest, mostly to the west of the Dargo River.

Today crews will be constructing control lines, and water bombing will continue throughout the day.

Ongoing asset protection, suppression and patrolling activities continue around Dargo, with additional crews arriving to assist with this work.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

There is active fire on the northern edge, however is not threatening communities.

Harrietville-Alpine South fire

FIRE activity in the Harrietville-Alpine South area is being controlled.

The south fire is about 15,568ha. Combined, the Harrietville-Alpine fire is 31,324ha. 

There were several lightning strikes overnight in the area to the north of Ensay.  This has resulted in four small fires including at Little Mount Tambo, Scrubby Creek Track, Junction Creek Track and Little River Rd.  Crews and aircraft have been sent to contain these small fires.

Winds today will be predominately west-north-westerly with  variable winds expected later in the afternoon.

There is still active fire in southern area, however it is not threatening communities.

DSE and CFA crews continue to work hard on establishing and strengthening containment lines around these fires.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The public are advised to remain vigilant.

Campers and visitors should be aware that a number of National Parks and State Forests in the area remain temporarily closed due to the bushfire risk.

The Great Alpine Road has a traffic management point on the Mount Hotham side of the Dinner Plain entry which allows for full access to Dinner Plain. The only vehicles that are allowed past this traffic management point to Mount Hotham are emergency vehicles, vehicles involved in recovery activities and some residents.

Residents will need to provide proof of connection with the address to the Police at the traffic management point to obtain a wristband.

The Dargo High Plains Road is closed north of Dargo. Emergency service vehicles are the only vehicles authorised past this point. 

Drivers should be aware of the potential of falling trees and rocks in the fire affected areas as well as being very careful of the additional 300 emergency vehicles travelling through the area.