State of the Gippsland fires - Tuesday
Gippsland Fire Situation - 12pm Tuesday 5 March
From the Gippsland Regional Control Centre
A band of lightning crossed parts of the Region yesterday evening, starting 21 new fires. There is a new cluster of small fires west of Omeo in the Cobungra State Forest, several fires around the Buchan area and fires between Orbost and Cann River. Seven of these fires have already been listed as contained or under control due to a very quick response from Forest Fire Management Victoria crews.
It is expected that more new fires will be identified by aircraft this morning. FFMVic fire fighters supported by aircraft will be working on these fires today to ensure that they do not grow.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteers arrived in the Region this morning to assist our Victorian crews with the fire fighting efforts. Regional Controller Ben Rankin said “The NSW crews are a very welcome addition to our fire fighting capacity across the Region. South Australian crews are also expected to arrive in Gippsland in coming days.
VicRoads were able to open the Princes Highway between Warragul and Pakenham this morning. The highway had been closed due to the fires in the Bunyip State Park. A 40km speed restriction is in place between Tynong Road and Tonimbuk Road to ensure the safety of motorists. The need for this speed restriction is being reviewed.
Yinnar South – Budgeree has not spread further overnight. There are still areas of active fire within the fire area. DELWP Wildlife Officers and AgVic Officers will be addressing any animal welfare concerns, both on private and public land. The Incident Management Team are reviewing the current traffic management points to ensure that residents can access their properties as quickly as possible. A Watch and Act Message remains in place for communities directly impacted by this fire. The fire is currently 1,820 hectares in size.