Rosedale fire contained

THE Rosedale fire has been contained.

Incident controller Peter West has announced a containment line has been established around the full perimeter of the Rosedale fire. This means that there is a containment line around the full 83 kilometre perimeter of the fire.

However, the fire remains active in unburnt sections within the perimeter and there are many smouldering logs and trees are still to be treated.

The fire is not yet under control and there is still potential for it to flare up in windy conditions and will continue to create smoke.

Crews will continue to patrol and work on the fire area until there is no risk to communities.

An advice message will remain in place for residents in the surrounding areas.

A community meeting will be held from 7pm tonight (Tuesday, January 8) at the Longford Community Hall.

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.

The Rosedale fire has been burning since Friday, and has grown to just over 12,000 hectares in size.

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

With the fire still active and dynamic in nature, Mr 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.