Fire threat downgraded for Willung

AN “Advice” message remains in place for Willung, having been downgraded from “Watch and Act”.

The bushfire at 6.3 kilometres south of Rosedale is not yet under control, and has burned more than 12,000 hectares.

Back burning has been completed north of Merriman Creek between Merton Vale Rd and Mowats Track.

Crews have worked around the clock to try to suppress the blaze, with the first ever deployment of night firebombing operations taking place.

There is still active fire within the back burn area.

An “Advice” message is also in place for East Sale, Fulham, Giffard West, Kilmany, Kilmany South, Longford, Nambrok, Pearsondale, Rosedale, Sale, Stradbroke, Stradbroke West, The Heart and Wurruk.

A community meeting will be held in at the Longford Community Hall, corner of South Gippsland Highway and Longford-Loch Sport Rd, on Tuesday night from 7pm.

Local residents are encouraged to attend the community meetings to hear the latest information regarding the incident, what is being done to contain the fire, what emergency services are asking the community to do, and also provides an opportunity for local residents to share concerns with relevant authorities.

Representatives from Forest Fire Management Victoria, Country Fire Authority, Wellington Shire Council and HVP Plantations will be in attendance and available to answer community questions.

Easterly winds experienced on Monday caused fire spotting from the fire’s perimeter, resulting in an emergency warning being issued for Willung.

With the fire still active and dynamic in nature, incident controller Peter West urged local residents to continue to monitor conditions and stay informed via the VicEmergency website or app.

“Local residents are encouraged to download the VicEmegrency app, visit or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 for the latest emergency information,” he said.