Fires still pose a threat

THE advice warning for people living in Cowwarr, Cowwarr Weir, Seaton and Glenmaggie is still in place, with the fire which started 6.7 kilometres north-east of Walhalla in early February still not under control.

The fire remains at 8671 hectares within the area affected.

Vic Emergency on Monday said there was no threat to residents living in those areas, but people should stay informed and monitor conditions.

A 130-year-old miner’s cottage was destroyed in the historic town of Walhalla, after high temperatures and strong northerly winds fed fires across many parts of the state’s east.

But rain in the past week has significantly reduced fire activity, allowing crews to consolidate containment lines and extinguish hot spots.

The meeting planned for Heyfield Monday night was cancelled because of the more favourable work and weather conditions.

Forest recreation sites at Coopers Creek and Bruntons Bridge will be closed until March 17.

Planning is continuing around backburning operations, which may occur from mid-next week if conditions allow.

Walhalla Rd is still closed between Thomson Dam Access Rd and Cricket Ground Track. Walhalla can be accessed from the south and there are speed restrictions on this road.

All vehicles and walking tracks off Walhalla Rd are closed.

The advice message issued on Monday was for Coopers Creek, Cowwarr, Cowwarr Weir, Dawson, Erica, Glengarry, Glenmaggie, Moondarra, Rawson, Seaton, Toongabbie, Traralgon, Walhalla, Walhalla East and Yallourn North.