Lightning sparks dozens of fires
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.