Four Wheel Drive Victoria has been advised by Forest Fire Management Victoria that Upper Murray roads and tracks will reopen ahead of the long weekend

Approximately 30 kilometres of bushfire impacted roads and tracks in the Upper Murray, near Corryong, will reopen ahead of the Queens birthday long weekend.

The openings will restore access to popular four-wheel drive tracks and recreational sites, including Wheelers Creek Hut Camping Area and Ohagens Camping Ground in the Nariel Valley.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), Upper Murray District Manager, Dave Jenson said, “Our crews and contractors have been clearing and stabilising tracks and dealing with hazardous trees to ensure the roads are safe for visitors ahead of this long weekend.

“We know that the Queens birthday long weekend is a busy time in the Upper Murray for campers and visitors, so it’s great that we’re able to make more sites available during this period.

“Following the long weekend, some roads and tracks will close as part of FFMVic’s seasonal road closure program and to minimise risk to the public, damage to roads and allow further hazardous tree and stabilisation works to be completed,” Mr Jenson said.

The following key roads are open or are planned to reopen ahead of the long weekend:
• Wheelers Creek Road between Benambra Corryong Road and Cattleman Creek Track
• Six Mile Ridge Track

The following key roads remain closed:
• Wheelers Creek Road between Buenba Road and Mt Gibbo Track
• Blue Gum Ridge and Tin Creek Track
• Walkers Road between Marginal Road and Mt Pinnibar Track
• Marginal Road between Dunstans Road and Dead Finish Track
• Shady Creek Upper Track between Cattleman Creek Track and Dunstans Road
• Shady Creek Lower Track
• Sections of the Burrowye area north of Burrowye Creek Track and Red Rooster Track

“There is still a lot of work to be done and we’ll continue that work for many months, but we’re confident that the most urgent assessments and repairs are currently being completed.

“I encourage visitors to plan their trip in advance to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information about which roads and tracks are open. This is particularly important in remote areas of the High Country which were impacted by fires,” Mr Jenson said.

The Upper Murray Walwa fire burnt more than 226,000-hectares of public and private land. As part of the bushfire recovery works, crews and contractors have reopened more than 1000 kilometres of roads and tracks.

For additional information about road and track closures visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting-state-forests/forest-and-road-closures and https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/seasonal-road-closures