East Gippsland fires update

FIRE crews and support staff are working hard to bring the four active fires in East Gippsland under control.

The fires total about 40,000 hectares in the regions of W Tree Yalmy, Six Mile Track Bruthen, Marthavale Barmouth Spur and Ensay Ferntree Creek.

Incident controller at the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre, Brett Mitchell, said hot and variable wind conditions on Monday caused the fires to act in an unpredictable manner with many spot fires occurring in and around the existing fires.

“We have speaking with the communities that may be affected most by these four fires, encouraging them to be prepared,” he said.

“The Ensay Ferntree Creek fire caused the most concern yesterday (Monday) due to its movement and behaviour.

“An Emergency Warning was issued to the community of Reedy Flat and Holston in the afternoon.

“Efforts from ground crews and aircrews, and the wind change, significantly minimised impacts on the fire east of Ensay last night.

“The fire was downgraded from an Emergency Warning around 2am.

“Work to suppress the current fires continues, however, unless we get significant rainfall in the coming days and weeks, these fires may continue to burn for some months. There is also potential for more fires to start as the summer weather heats up.”

Gippslanders and visitors are encouraged to continue to explore the region and go camping, fishing, riding and driving, ensuring all the great local businesses are supported.

Before visiting, check the VicEmergency app or website.