Fires uncontained despite rain

MANY of the fires in the area north of Bairnsdale, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa, remain uncontained, with the recent rain doing little to reduce the risk of bushfires.

At a community meeting on Tuesday night in Bruthen, attendees were reminded that if they haven’t already done so, to prepare themselves for this fire season.

Incident controller Peter Brick said Tuesday’s rain was welcome, and helped provide water to households, but with the forecast weather, it will do little to extinguish the fires.

“It’s very important to know what you are going to do on days of high fire danger or if a fire is threatening your local area,” Mr Brick said.

“If you are leaving home for the day take a bag with a few essentials in case roads are blocked or closed. Have a plan and be prepared.

“With the very dry conditions being experienced in east Gippsland fires can travel through the landscape very quickly.

“Think ahead and contact your local CFA for information on how to prepare your property if you haven’t already done so.”

The Great Alpine Road has been closed since Monday after fire crossed the road and burnt trees along either side. Burnt trees have continued to fall over the past two days.

Forest Fire Management Victoria crews and Regional Roads Victoria are working to make the road safe and get it open.

A detour is in place along unsealed roads north of Bruthen at Engineers Rd and south of Ensay at Ash Range Rd. The detour is not suitable for trucks or caravans.

Before heading off into the bush people should check the VicRoads and Parks Victoria websites and install the VicEmergency app or check the website for the latest fire information.