Lightning causes more bushfires in Gippsland
Gippsland fire situation - 10am Thursday
Latest update from the Gippsland Regional Control Centre
Thunderstorms and lightning moved through the region yesterday, sparking numerous fires in all districts.
Regional Controller, Ben Rankin said: “The weather last night caused issues for control of existing fires and initial attack on new starts, challenging our crews and potentially threatening some communities.
“The Thomson Jordan Divide Road fire took a run to the south-east and communities in the Aberfeldy area east of the Thomson Dam were put under Watch and Act.
“At the same time, a new fire started seven kilometres north-east of Walhalla, moving quickly under the north-westerly wind to threaten Cowwarr, Toongabbie, Seaton and Dawson. These communities also had a Watch and Act message issued, which has now been downgraded to Advice level. Fire activity has subsided and the fire is currently just over 100 hectares.
“Further east, more fires were starting in remote areas north of Valencia Creek and Briagolong, north of Deptford, south of Simpsons Creek, south-east of Wulgulmerang and east of Bonang.