DEPARTMENT of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria staff are astounded at having to respond to a fire caused by an unattended campfire at Wattle Point, 16 kilometres south of Bairnsdale, today.
DEPI incident controller Matt Long said the fire came immediately after the launch of a summer campaign attempting to reduce the number of deliberately lit fires in the region.
“On Tuesday this week, we announced we’re working with Victoria Police and Game Victoria to try and stamp out arson and other reckless behaviour on public land,” Mr Long said.
“This is a prime example of the sort of behaviour that we and our communities cannot tolerate and must be stopped.
“We urge everyone who enjoys the public land environment to do the right thing: use campfires safely and responsibly and report any suspicious or reckless behaviour to the police or DEPI.
“Campfires are not allowed at all in some areas and are prohibited on Total Fire Ban days.
“If the wind is strong enough to carry sparks, don’t light a campfire. And never leave one unattended.”
The fire is currently small in size and crews expect to have it contained by later this afternoon.
Report unattended campfires to the DEPI customer service centre on 136 186.