Gippsland fires continue

FIRE crews have taken advantage of recent mild weather, which enabled them to access some difficult areas and continue fire suppression works.

The Walhalla-Stoney Creek Rd fire is about 8700 hectares in size, with 130 people on the ground fighting the fire.

At the time the Gippsland Times went to print Monday morning, it was not yet under control.

Fourteen people at other facilities, such as staging areas and air bases, are supporting fire crews. There are 16 people working in the incident management team in Heyfield, who are supporting the Erica incident control centre.

Now contained, the Thomson Jordan Divide Fire is about 6316 ha, bounded on the eastern side by the Thomson Dam.

There are 112 people on the fire ground, supported by another 15 at other facilities. There are 50 people working in the incident management team based in Erica.

The risk from fire activity is reduced as it remains within the existing containment lines. Crews continue to work on blacking-out the fire edge, extinguishing hot spots, stabilisation works, drainage works and treatment of hazardous trees.

The fire between Rosedale and Longford remains at 12,148ha.

Thirty-eight people are on the fire ground.

Ground crews have made good progress with identifying and supressing hot spots which remain within the containment lines.

A salvage logging operation is underway, with heavy machinery and trucks in the area. Speed limits remain in place until Wednesday.