Fires in Vic - Deddick and others now closed.

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:49
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From DDR whose Deddick/Snowy trip is now fawkt.

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Recent lightning strikes began more than 30 fires in Gippsland state forests and national parks, particularly around Orbost and Nowa Nowa. Most fires have now been contained, and no communities or private property are threatened.

Please dial the emergency services on 000 to report any new fires.

Two significant fires are burning on public land in East Gippsland.

At Mount Tara, 10 kilometres south-east of Buchan, the merged Nowa Nowa Tarra Kanni fire is now 270 hectares in size. Fire crews have been conducting backburns overnight to establish control lines around the fire.

Backburning will continue today, as the fire is in inaccessible country and impossible to attack directly from the ground. Aircraft will also be working at Mount Tara today.

The fire at Lightning Track, 23 kilometres south-west of Goongerah is now 31 hectares, and was unsafe for crews to work on overnight. Firefighters will begin work again this morning and hope to contain the fire later today.

DSE has more than 250 personnel involved in fire suppression, supported by tankers, slip on units and bulldozers. In addition, fixed wing aeroplanes and helicopters are actively undertaking fire fighting and reconnaissance.

More lightning is expected in coming days, and fire crews are expecting more fire activity in Gippsland. Reconnaissance flights will continue across the area.


Residents and visitors are asked to remain alert to road closures around the Snowy River National Park. Current closed roads include:

1. Yalmy Road, use Bonang Highway as an alternative route.
2. Deddick Trail, south of Bowens Track, use Bowens Track or Waratah Flat Road.

More road closures are expected in coming days. Visitors are asked to stay out of the affected areas while fire agencies manage bushfires.

For local information contact the Bendoc DSE office on (02) 6459 0500
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Reply By: Izey76 - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 00:35

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 00:35
There goes my trip to Mckillops on Saturday now I will have to find somewhere else to go camping.
Hopefully they can contain the fires with no loss to property or persons up there

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