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Photo CFA Gippsland: 11am Sunday northeast of the Yinnar South-Budgeree fire near Jumbuk Road.

Tuesday bushfire update

Tuesday bushfire update

Photo CFA Gippsland: 11am Sunday northeast of the Yinnar South-Budgeree fire near Jumbuk Road.

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.

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Wilsons Promontory – Mt Leonard continues to burn north of the Tidal River settlement. The National Park remains closed to visitors and this closure will be in place over the coming Labour Day Long Weekend. The fire is currently 268 hectares in size.

Dargo - several fires are burning to the north and north west of the Dargo community. Some fantastic work by CFA and FFMVic crews in the Dargo valley prevented any significant fire spread near private property. A Watch and Act Message remains in place for communities directly impacted by this fire. The fires are a combined 12,250 hectares in size.

Licola – Mt Margaret Track fire is burning to the east of the Licola community. Under current conditions, impact on communities is unlikely. The Watch and Act Message for Valencia Creek has been downgraded to an Advice Message. Crews are focusing on constructing containment and fall back lines to prevent any community impact. There is a Community Meeting being held this evening at the Briagolong Hall commencing at 7.00pm.

Dinner Plain – three fires are burning directly south of the Dinner Plain township. The fires increased in size yesterday, driven by high level winds. The combined fire size is 3,885. There are two community meetings being held today; Dinner Plains Hut at midday and Omeo Soldiers Memorial Hall at 2:00pm.

The community are reminded to stay informed and seek information from a range of trusted sources including the Vic Emergency App and emergency broadcasters. Gippsland's Gold and TRFM are official emergency broadcasters.

For up to date information and advice regarding bushfires and emergencies go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au or on the VicEmergency app, or by phoning the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226

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