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East Gipp Fire Update

East Gipp Fire Update

Update on the fire situation in East Gippsland

A dramatic change in the weather conditions is expected over the next few days, increasing fire risk and fire activity in the East Gippsland region.

The four current fires total approximately 54,000 hectares in the regions of W Tree Yalmy, Six Mile Track Bruthen, Marthavale Barmouth Spur and Ensay Ferntree Creek.

Incident Controller at the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre, Peter West, said that there will be a very unstable atmosphere with north and westerly winds predicted, making fire conditions variable and unpredictable.

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“We are very concerned that the hot, dry and variable wind conditions may spark new fires in the region, any new fires that appear will be given top priority"

“We will be very aggressive in our first attack on new fires, to try and get them under control as quickly as possible, there are almost 700 fire fighters and support staff currently working, with more resources available if needed"

“The current fires are being particularly active during the night and into the early hours of the morning"

“With this in mind, we are urging residents and visitors to stay alert at all times of the day and night, there is the strong possibility that fires may escalate during the night and warnings may be upgraded"

“We are speaking with the communities that may be affected most by these four fires, encouraging them to be prepared and we would like to thank the community for their continued support during this very busy fire period,” said Mr West.

Smoke remains highly visible in the fire affected areas and into the surrounds, with detailed information on air quality available on the new EPA AirWatch website.

“The holiday season has already started, with an increase in visitors and travellers seen in the area, holiday makers are encouraged to continue to visit and explore the region, but we ask them to make sure they travel to safe areas and remain alert to changing conditions"

“Road closures may occur, particularly along the Great Alpine Road and Gelantipy Road, so it is important to stay informed through VicRoads Traffic,” concluded Mr West.

Locals are reminded to stay vigilant and informed through the Vic Emergency app and website.

Current fire statistics for four main fires in East Gippsland:

W Tree-Yalmy fire 18,252 hectares

Bruthen-Six Mile Track fire 10,307 hectares

Ensay-Fern Tree Creek fire 16,207 hectares

Marthavale-Barmouth Spur fire 8,940 hectares

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