Tamboritha fire 400 hectares

THE Tamboritha-Carey River fire, started by lightning on January 17, is currently 400 hectares in size, burning in remote, steep country, 15 kilometres north-east of Licola.

The fire is not threatening communities, but it is providing a challenge for Department of Environment and Primary Industries crews to control due to the terrain and location.

DEPI incident controller Graeme Taylor said crews had been focusing on consolidating the southern and western edges of the fire, where it has been most active.

“This fire is in an extremely steep, rocky area, making it difficult to access, so air attack was the initial strategy as we moved ground crews and machinery into the area to construct control lines,” he said.

“There has been some good progress made by the dozers on the eastern edge of the fire in the Wellington Plains area and on fallback lines along the south-western and south-eastern sides.

“Crews will work on constructing rakehoe trails by hand in the areas that machines can’t get to and on dealing with hazardous trees on the Tamboritha Rd.

“The rain will hold us up for a while as it will make it too dangerous for crews to work in the slippery conditions, with the possibility of flash flooding and rock falls in the area.”

There is a public safety zone in place around this fire, meaning that people are not permitted to enter or remain in the public land areas around the fire. This does not affect residents and landholders in the Licola and Tamboritha areas.

The following roads and tracks have been closed from January 20 to March 31 2014:

B1 Track from Tamboritha Road to Chromite Track

B1 Track from Tamboritha Road to B2 Track

Chromite Track from B1 Track to Brandy Pinch Track

Riggall Spur Track from Brandy Pinch Track to Millers Track

Mt Wellington Track from Moroka Road for the entire length

McFarlane Road from Moroka Road for entire length

Dry Hill Track from Moroka Road to McFarlane Road

B2 Track from Tamboritha Road for entire length.

Heyfield-Licola Rd, Tamboritha Rd and northern end of Moroka Rd remain open, but people are advised to be extra cautious on these roads as heavy machinery and other firefighting vehicles will be using them.

Dargo-Danes Track and Marthavale-Friday Spur North fires:

DIRECT attack on hot spots and the edge of the Dargo-Danes Track Fire, 19km north-east of Dargo, and Marthavale-Friday Spur North Fire, 18km east of Dargo, has been halted due to rainfall however this work will resume once it is safe for crews.

A public safety zone has been declared around thess fires. People are not permitted to enter or remain in the public safety zone until the March 31.

There are a number of forest roads and tracks that have also been closed for public  safety as crews and heavy machinery work in the area.

There is currently no threat to communities.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.