Crews working to control blazes in East Gippsland

Crews working to control blazes in East Gippsland


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Fire crews are still working to contain multiple blazes in East Gippsland.

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Fires at Hepburn and Grantville are now under control, but crews are still working to contain multiple blazes in East Gippsland.

For regular updates, keep an eye on the VicEmergency website.

Timbarra

The biggest of the three in East Gippsland is a 20,477-hectare blaze at Timbarra, which started on January 16.

Crews, machinery and aircraft are currently re-establishing control lines after the fire jumped existing lines on Sunday.

So far, one caravan, two kilometres of fencing, 400 metres of water piping and a heritage hut have been lost.

There are no stock losses as of yet.

There is an information centre open at Buchan.

Walhalla

At Walhalla, lightning is the suspected cause of an 8640-hectare fire, which is not yet under control.

The state control centre said there were some losses to property already, including multiple huts and two houses.

Thomson Reservoir

There is an active fire burning on steep and rocky terrain near the Thomson Reservoir.

This 6226-hectare fire is not yet under control and crews are working to complete and consolidate control lines around the catchment complex.

The state control centre said plans were in place to protect water quality in the Thomson Reservoir to ensure no interruptions to Melbourne’s water supply.

Melbourne Water is currently supporting the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to manage the fire.

No asset losses have been reported as of yet.

Grantville

The 267-hectare fire at Grantville, south of Koo Wee Rup, is contained.

A watch and act has been issued as wind gusts are forecast for today, which may cause the ignition of hot spots and increase smoke.

Firefighters are continuing to strengthen containment lines between Adams Estate and the fire.

The state control centre has advised people to stay informed and continue to monitor conditions.

The Bass Highway is open, with one lane each way, but speed is reduced to 40km/h.

Hepburn

The 28-hectare fire at Hepburn is under control.

The fire, which started on February 2 at Elevated Plains, is suspected to have been caused by lightning.

Crews are continuing to maintain control lines and blackout.

The community relief centre has been closed.

While roads are open through the fireground, the fireground remains strictly closed.

No asset losses have been reported.

Stay up to date at the VicEmergency website.

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