Light­ning sparks dozens of fires

Mansfield Courier - - Property Guide -

FIREFIGHTE­RS are con­tin­u­ing to work in steep and dif­fi­cult ter­rain to con­tain mul­ti­ple bush­fires, which were started by light­ning last week.

“Fire tow­ers de­tected mul­ti­ple fires burn­ing in Abbe­yard, Dan­don­gadale, Mt Sel­wyn, Edi, Tal­lan­gatta Val­ley, Sandy Creek, Mitta Mitta and Eskdale,” For­est Fire Man­age­ment Victoria (FFMVic) and Hume deputy chief fire of­fi­cer Aaron Kennedy said.

Firefighte­rs were bat­tling the blazes with air­craft, in­clud­ing large air-tankers from Can­berra and Syd­ney, the state’s rap­pel crews and ground firefighte­rs.

More than 50 fire­fight­ing trucks, doz­ers and other heavy plant were work­ing in the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to con­struct con­tain­ment lines and deal with dan­ger­ous trees.

“While there is no cur­rent threat to the com­mu­nity, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have been ad­vised to stay in­formed,” Mr Kennedy said.

“Our re­sources are fully com­mit­ted to con­tain­ing these fires while weather con­di­tions have mod­er­ated.”

The re­mote lo­ca­tions of many of the fires proved challengin­g for crews and there is a lot of work to do in very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

Crews did great work un­der the se­vere weather con­di­tions to con­tain 10 fires in­clud­ing a fire in the Strath­bo­gies which had the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact the com­mu­nity.

FFMVic firefighte­rs from Loddon Mallee and Port Phillip re­gions have been de­ployed to as­sist with the re­sponse.

Peo­ple plan­ning to visit forested ar­eas in the North East this week­end are be­ing urged to check their travel plans and to stay in­formed about cur­rent fires.

For in­for­ma­tion on all bush­fires down­load the Vic Emer­gency app or visit www.emer­gency.vic.gov.au, tune into ABC ra­dio or other emer­gency broad­cast­ers in­clud­ing com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions or Sky TV, or by phon­ing the Vic Emer­gency Hot­line on 1800 226 226.

UP IN FLAMES: Ma­chines have been put to use fol­low­ing light­ning strikes that sparked sev­eral fires last week.

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