No break yet from Gippsland's bushfire smoke
People in parts of Gippsland can expect more smoke over the coming days as a result of multiple bushfires.
Firefighters are working hard to control a dozen fires burning in the east, which will take time and means there will be an increased level of smoke which might be unhealthy for some people.
As part of operations, back burning is occurring to protect life and property.
Victoria’s State Response Controller Stephanie Rotarangi said there was a significant amount of work for firefighters to do over the coming weeks.
“Controlling these fires is not easy. Some are burning in very difficult terrain, in hard to access areas and are also very large in size, such as the Licola fire at 64,000ha,” she said.
“One of the most effective ways to control these fires is to do back burning. While we understand this means an increased level of smoke, it is an essential operation that is necessary to strengthen containment lines and protect communities.”