Swan Reach to house up to 300 firefighters and crew battling blazes in East Gippsland
From Forest Fire Management Victoria
After a hot start to the week, cool conditions have allowed crews to make good progress on various works across all four major fires in East Gippsland.
Monday’s warm and windy weather saw fires grow significantly in size, with the fire grounds now more than 42,300 hectares, 11,300 more hectares since Sunday night.
Incident Controller at Bairnsdale Andy Gillham says the milder conditions over the past few days and nights has allowed crews to safely burn out strategic smaller sections near the fires.
“Getting these small sections of back burns completed means we now have strengthened key sections of control lines to assist us in slowing fire spread.
“As locals would know the steep and hilly terrain across much of the firegrounds in these areas is quite challenging to work in, which makes direct firefighting efforts for ground crews and machinery difficult in parts of inaccessible terrain.