Type Status Location Last Updated
This message is being issued for Abbeyard, Bennies, Brookside, Buckland, Buckland Junction, Buffalo River, Carboor East, Carboor Upper, Dandongadale, Markous, Merriang South, Mount Buffalo, Nug Nug, Rose River, Selwyn, Wabonga, Wonnangatta

  • There are still fires that will continue to burn for the coming weeks.
  • Firefighters, heavy machinery and aircraft continue to operate in and near the fire ground to put out hotspots.
  • Tree hazard works continue in an effort to open roads and tracks in the fire affected area.
Please note - for public safety there are a  number of public land closures still in place including 
  • Mt Buffalo National Park (south of Cathedral Saddle)
  • areas of the Alpine National Park and surrounding Forest. 
  • For more information on park closures check  https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/ https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/

Aerial shooting operations
Starting from Monday 10th February (weather permitting), aerial shooting operations will take place on fire-affected and adjacent public land in the Mount Buffalo National Park and western side of the Alpine National Park. 

These operations will only be carried out in areas which are closed to the public. The community are reminded to stay out of closed areas until advised that the area is safe and open to the public.

The aerial shooting operation is an immediate response action under the Victorian Government's biodiversity bushfire response program.

Foxes, feral cats and large introduced herbivores such as deer, feral pigs and feral goats are being targeted in priority fire-affected and adjacent public land as a necessary and urgent action to give native plants and animals the best chance of survival after the fires.

Feral horses are not a target species under the immediate aerial pest animal control operation.

During the aerial operation, people may see a helicopter and be able to hear gunshots.

The aerial shooting program will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure the operation is safe, effective and humane. Highly qualified pilots and shooters will be used during the operation.

For general public enquiries, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's Customer Contact Centre on 13 61 86 or alternatively, Parks Victoria's Information Centre on 13 19 63. Please see Victorian Government's Biodiversity Bushfire Response Plan https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/home/biodiversity-bushfire-response-and-recovery

Roads 
 The following roads are closed to the public and open to local residents only with appropriate identification: 
  • Buffalo River Road - Abbeyard Road and Rose River River Track intersection. 
  • Lake Buffalo-Carboor Road - from Gum Flat Creek Road to Lake Buffalo Road. 
  • Lake Buffalo-Whitfield Road - from Black Range Creek Road to Buffalo River Road. 
  • Upper Rose River Road - south of Cherry Tree Track.
  • Buckland Valley Road - Montgomery Lane and Goldie Spur. 
  • Mt Buffalo Road - South of Cathedral Saddle. 
Other roads may be closed in the area. Check the Vic Roads website or call 13 11 70.

Recovery related services 
  • People seeking assistance with personal hardship can contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1800 961 054. 
  • Free bushfire counselling services are available. Contact the bushfire counselling Phone Line on 1300 514 811. 
  • Farmers in need of fodder or agistment should call the Victorian Farmers Federation on 1300 882 833. For urgent animal welfare needs for pets, horses and livestock including food and water, contact 1800 226 226 or Agriculture.vic.gov.au
There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 18/02/2020 04:50 pm or as the situation changes.

For more information on preparing for bushfires visit: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare.

Health information:

Health information:
  • If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
If you cannot smell smoke you are not likely to be exposed to smoke and it will therefore not affect you.

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
Accessibility:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.  
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.