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Photo by Wayne Foon, Parks Victoria: regrowth at Holey Plains State Park.

Crews pause to remember

Crews pause to remember

Photo by Wayne Foon, Parks Victoria: regrowth at Holey Plains State Park.

A minute's silence as hundreds continue fire effort

Gippsland fire situation - 1pm Thursday 7 January
Latest update from the Gippsland Regional Control Centre

This morning crews and Incident Management Teams across Gippsland working on bushfires have paused for a minute’s silence to reflect on the 10th Anniversary of the Victorian bushfires.

These bushfires, including Black Saturday, had a devastating impact on the Victorian community, including many emergency management staff and firefighters.

Today our crews out on the fire grounds and carrying out similar works to the last few days in milder conditions.

Regional Controller Anthony Costigan says patrols of fire edge lines and putting out hotspots remains our focus for today on the three main fires near Walhalla, Timbarra and the Thomson Divide.

“We’ve been able to utilise more aircraft with Infrared technology to fly over the fires this morning, now conditions are a bit clearer” he said.

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“This is providing us with more targeted information about hotspots, which allows us to send in crews to work on them.

“I’d also like to take the chance to remind the community that in addition to the three larger fires, there are still a number of other fires our crews and Incident Management Teams are working on.

“Our Rappel crews have been dropped off by helicopter to work on the Castle Hill Track fire west of Dargo this morning, in some of the rugged and inaccessible country.

“Over near Rosedale there are graders out working to clean up and restore a number of roads around the Holey Plains area, as well as some crews patrolling and blacking out any remaining hotspots” said Mr Costigan.

Current fire stats: Walhalla (8677ha) Timbarra (20447ha) Thomson Divide (6341ha).


Community Members will be able to get more information on the bushfires including the Walhalla-Stoney Creek Road and Thomson Divide fires, and updates on our management strategies for coming weeks.

Thursday 7 February (today)
7PM at Bell’s Stadium, 12 Pinnacle Drive, Rawson.

Also, the CFA’s community education bus will be parked in Rawson today from 3pm, so drop in any time for a chat.

Sunday 10 February
11am at the Village Green/Mechanics Institute, cnr King Street/Cowen Street, Toongabbie.

Sunday 10 February
2pm at the Cowwarr Hall, 33 Main Street, Cowwarr.

Monday 11 February7pm at the Heyfield Footy Club rooms, Gordon Street Reserve, Gordon Street, Heyfield.

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