Gippsland fire update

Updated 1pm 21/2/13

GROUND crews and aircraft continue to work on containing the Harrietville-Alpine fire. This fire has burned 31,357 hectares of public and private land.

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

Fire-fighters from New South Wales are assisting Victorian emergency services on this fire fighting effort.

Residents and visitors are asked to take care while traveling in the area due to increased fire fighting vehicles travelling on local roads.

Great Alpine Rd remains closed from the Dinner Plain through to Harrietville.  The Dargo High Plains Rd is closed from Upper Dargo Rd through to the Great Alpine Rd.

THE Dargo-Matheson fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday and currently being controlled. This fire is in very steep terrain and is 9km north of Dargo.

This fire has burned 864 hectares.

Ground crews, bulldozers, and aircraft continue to work in this area this fire is currently not threating communities.

THE Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burnt through approximately 84,926 hectares and has a 388km perimeter.

The fire has now been burning for 33 days.

Two small fires in the Thomson catchment area 5km south-west of Matlock were started by lightning over the weekend. One of these fires has been contained, while the second fire has burnt 60 hectares.

Ground crews from Melbourne Water and DSE will continue working on this fire. Aircraft will be working during the day to help contain this fire.  

Heyfield-Licola Rd is closed at the junction with Kellehers Rd through to Jamieson, only essential and emergency services vehicles can use this road.

THE Ensay North–Upper Little River Road fire has now been contained. Crews will continue to patrol the area and monitor conditions.