Fires declared contained

FOLLOWING a long and concerted firefighting effort, emergency services have declared the last of the Gippsland bushfires contained.

The last of the fires to be contained is the Mt Darling-Cynthia Range fire near Dargo, which burned more than 28,700 hectares.

Gippsland regional controller Jamie Hansen said a large part of the fire-fighting effort also included working to reopen fire affected camping areas and tracks.

“We are very happy to advise that popular camping areas like Coopers Creek and Bruntons Bridge near Walhalla will be open for the coming weekend,” he said.

“We’re expecting to welcome a surge in visitors to the Gippsland region over the school and Easter holidays and there are plenty of places to explore and experience across the region.

“It is important for the public to understand that there is still much work to be done to make all of the remaining fire areas safe. Some areas will remain closed due to this continuing work, but most of the region is open for visitors.

“In the areas where firefighting and rehabilitation works are continuing, some local roads, tracks, forest and park areas will be closed. There will be signs in place to inform the public of any closures, which are there for the safety of visitors, our firefighters and to protect the environment, so please respect those closures.”