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Fires Declared Contained

Fires Declared Contained

File photo: Keith Packenham

After months of bushfire activity, areas of East Gippsland have been given good news

From the Bairnsdale Incident Control Centre

After 91 days of bushfire activity, fires that affected communities and areas around Wulgumerang, Gelantipy, W Tree, Buchan, Wairewa, Bruthen, Sarsfield, and the Tambo Valley have been declared contained.

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Incident Controller at Bairnsdale, Brett Mitchell, said: “After a very early start to the fire season, it is fantastic to be able to advise many of the communities that have been impacted that we are not expecting any further spread of these fires.

“Over the past three months, our crews and support staff have worked extremely hard to achieve this important milestone, and they cannot be thanked enough for their dedication and hard work.

“Residents will continue to see firefighters working in the fire areas removing hazardous trees and undertaking rehabilitation work, particularly around parks and forest tracks.

“There are still areas that firefighters have not been able to access due steep and inaccessible terrain. So, there may still be some hot spots with active fire within the containment lines. Crews will continue to extinguish identified hot spots and people may still see smoke occasionally.”

Over the past couple of weeks, areas around Omeo, Anglers Rest, Cobungra, Bindi, Hotham Heights, Glen Valley, Benambra, Swifts Creek, Omeo, Ensay, Tongio, the Blue Rag Range, Dargo and Tabberabbera, have also been declared contained.

The recent wet weather has assisted to self-extinguish fire edges in areas of far east Gippsland, allowing crews to attack any identified hot spots with direct fire suppression.

“Base camps that were established at Swan Reach, Cann River and Benambra have now been dismantled.

“This is a great sign that the fire activity has decreased significantly and that many of our directly affected communities can begin their journey to recovery,” said Mr Mitchell.

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