Hot day warning from Gippsland Regional Controller
Several bushfires continue to burn across East Gippsland with more than 32,400ha on fire and local communities facing a long and challenging summer.
Regional Controller Darrin McKenzie says that even under the milder conditions seen over the past week, fires have remained active. The extremely dry conditions across East Gippsland has our community and our fire services facing a fire risk in early December that we would normally expect at the height of summer in February.
“We are urging the community to be aware of dry, hot and windy conditions expected today and the potential for increased fire activity and risk to the community. There is certainly potential for fires to spread today, given the very high temperatures and wind speeds predicted,” he said.
“We’re ensuring our crews are as well prepared as we can, but it’s extremely important that the community is ready, not only for today, but for months to come.
“Conditions are extremely dry across East Gippsland, recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have had little effect on existing fires.
"Indeed the region would need over 200mm of rain over 4 or 5 days to significantly reduce the bushfire risk. That type of rain event is highly unlikely,” Mr McKenzie explained.