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Gippsland fire situation

3 February 2019

Firefighters and Incident Management Teams have been successful in containing more fires, leaving only four currently still going in Gippsland.
Regional Controller, Ben Rankin said: “We’ve now got strong lines around 10 of the fires that started yesterday, including the largest, the Moondarra-Hunters Road fire that threatened Tanjil South.
“The Moe-Walhalla Road is open and firefighters will continue extinguishing any smouldering fuels within the perimeter of that fire and patrolling for any remaining hot spots.
“The fire near Grantville has been causing concern for communities and firefighters, with a significant increase in activity yesterday, putting Grantville and surrounding areas back under emergency warning.
“Bass Highway has been reopened and there is a focus on direct attack with aircraft and making sure residents in the area are kept informed about changes in the situation. 
“Firefighters made good progress on the fires at Thomson Divide (4262ha), Stoney Creek Road (475ha) and Timbarra (14106ha) yesterday, strengthening containment lines with a combination of aircraft, machinery, hand trailing and some backburning where appropriate and possible.
“We’re realistic about today’s predicted weather and that these fires could move today, but we’re also confident that we’ve done as much as we can to secure them, and will continue that work today.
“We will hold these fires for as long as we can, but we’re prepared for the existing fires to spread and we’re ready for any new starts. There will be smoke or a smoke haze in many parts of the region.
“Everyone needs to be very aware of today’s conditions and prepare themselves and their homes and properties for the possibility of fire.
“Stay informed about the weather and check what’s happening around you, whether you’re at home, out on the land, in the bush, or travelling on our roads. Visit the VicEmergency website, download the VicEmergency app or call 1800 226 226. Tune in to local radio and keep an eye on social media.
“It’s a Total Fire Ban day across the state today, so do not light any fires and don’t use machinery like welders, angle grinders, lawn mowers and chainsaws. Also avoid driving vehicles and farm machinery through dry vegetation.”