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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.

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“Many of these were single tree strikes and were dealt with quickly.

“At the Timbarra fire, north of Buchan, machines have completed work on fallback lines and crews will focus on strengthening lines with backburning when the weather conditions permit, ahead of Sunday’s predicted heat.

“The backburning and burning out of fuels within containment lines will generate more smoke in the immediate area.

“The fire on Wilsons Promontory now has a line around it and crews will continue to consolidate that line and black out any remaining hot spots. This fire only reached two hectares and is expected to be contained soon. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

“South of Licola, the Greenhills fire has not grown in size and suppression will continue today using aircraft and ground crews

“We’re expecting to find more fires today as our firetowers and spotter aircraft report in.

“People in our more remote communities are urged to keep a watch on their surrounding forest areas for smoke not associated with known fires and call Triple Zero if they think it might be a new fire.

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