Licola fire now contained

THE Licola fire, burning two kilometres east of Licola and 9km north-west of Valencia Creek, was declared as contained on Tuesday.

While strong winds early in the week tested firefighters, the fire remained within its perimeter.

Containment lines are progressing well, and crews have been targeting hotspots on the private interface.

The fire is now 80,566 hectares in size, and now has a perimetre of 374.2km.

Work will continue along Marathon Rd, including mulching road verge, road formation works and reinstating drainage lines to ensure a safe road surface.

The containment line construction along the private property and public interface will continue, and aircraft will aid in suppression activities when the weather allows.

The Mt Darling-Cynthia Range Track fire, about 28,246ha in size and 309km in perimeter, is still burning out of control 18km north-west of Dargo.

While this fire is not yet under control, it poses no threat to human life or property.

This fire still remains active, mostly in the north-western sector up towards the Wonnangatta area.

Repel crews were flown into the Wonnangatta Valley on the weekend to carry out protection works around historical assets in this area.

Work will continue along Cynthia Range Track and Wombat Ridge Track when it is safe to do so.

The Hibernia-Black Snake Creek fire, burning 1.6km north west of Dargo is now contained. The fire is 4488ha in size and has a 70km perimeter.

Hazardous tree work will continue along Mt Hurley Track, Boundary Track and Riley Creek Rd.

Stabilisation work will continue along Randalls Track when the weather allows.

The road to Licola is open through to Jamieson, and the Dargo Rd is also open as far as Dargo, but Tamboritha Rd remains closed.

At Dargo, Wonnangatta Rd-Shortcut Rd remains closed, while there are plans to reopen the Dargo High Plains Rd at Mt Hurley track, Dargo, by Thursday April 4, that are yet to be confirmed.

All four wheel drive tracks in both fire areas will remain closed within the fire area over the school holidays and Easter.

Visitors to these areas are invited to support local businesses, but should note there is no access north of Dargo or east of Licola into parks and forests.