Dargo community meeting tonight

FIREFIGHTERS are now being based at the Dargo township, as part of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries fire response to the Dargo – Danes Track and Marthavale – Friday Spur North Fires.

As a result, a community meeting has been scheduled for residents of Dargo and surrounds tonight at 6pm at the Dargo Public Hall.

Incident controller Laurie Jeremiah said while the fire threat remained low, a decision was made to base crews in Dargo as it had the best road access to the fireground.

“With the influx of firefighters into the small township of Dargo, we would like to let the community know our movements, provide an update on the fires, and answer any questions people may have,” he said.

“It’s likely that crews will be based in Dargo for the next couple of weeks, particularly in relation to the Dargo – Danes Track Fire, which is currently 1200 hectares in size.

“We’ve been fortunate that recent rains have now enabled our firefighters to directly attack the fire edge. At the same time we have heavy machinery continuing to work on fallback roads.”

In addition to the forest road and track closures that have been put in place around the two fires, there has been the declaration of a public safety zone around the area.

“We have implemented public safety zones around these fires to protect the public. Whilst the fire activity may be minimal at present, there are large dozers and firefighting vehicles on the roads. There is a high risk of vehicle accidents so we ask that people keep clear of the fire area,” Mr Jeremiah said.

For more information on Public Safety Zones, visit the DEPI website, www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/forestry-management/public-safety-zones.

For more information on forest road and track and National Park and State forest closures visit the Parks Victoria website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au and check the public access map on the DEPI website www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/visiting-parks-and-forests.

People who are travelling are encouraged to plan their trip and stay informed. Many areas in Gippsland are not affected by fires. The region is open for business as usual, with plenty of beautiful places to visit www.inspiredbygippsland.com.au.

For more information on fires or planned burns in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone / telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969. Also tune into local ABC and commercial radio stations.