Widespread rainfall brings welcome relief
Fire crews will use aerial reconnaissance and thermal imaging to detect “hot-spots” within fires which continue to burn across parts of north east Victoria.
Fireground rainfall totals between five and 40 millimetres were recorded over the weekend.
“The rainfall was a welcome relief for firefighters, however, there’s still a lot of work to do before we can contain these fires,” Forest Fire Management Victoria, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy, said.
“Crews will be working this week to consolidate and patrol containment lines, and to directly attack any hot spots detected through thermal imaging, aerial observation and our network of fire towers.”
“Firefighters have worked extremely hard in challenging conditions to manage these fires and reduce their impact on the community and the environment,” he said.
Eight fires are burning across the Upper Murray and Ovens fire districts as a result of dry-lightning on Thursday, November 21. A further 41 fires have been contained during this period.
The largest of the fires is more than 2200 hectares in size and is burning on the Eskdale Spur at Mt Towonga. A 2050-hectare fire is also burning at Mt Elmo, 11 kilometres south of Eskdale.
“I would like to extend my thanks to all the agencies which continue to support this response, specifically the local CFA volunteers, communities, and contractors who have greatly assisted us.
“While we know that this is only the start of what will be a long and challenging fire season, it is reassuring that when we come together our response to bushfires is world class.”
Community meetings were held yesterday at Falls Creek and Mt Beauty to keep residents informed about the fires. A third meeting will be held today (Tuesday) at Maggora Park Multipurpose Centre, Mitta Mitta at 7pm.
North East Victoria is open for business. Some areas of State Forest and Alpine National Park have been closed to the public, for road and track closures visit: www.traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/
For the most up to date incident information visit: www.emergency.vic.gov.au