Warby Ranges fire still burning

December 13, 2017

A 650 hectare fire that started last Friday continues to burn in the Warby-Ovens National Park. Pictured is Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighter Jess Reid assisting with a containment line.

A 650 hectare fire in the Warby Ranges that started last Friday is still burning but has been contained.

Authorities remain on high alert with conditions to worsen as temperature reach into the high 30s over the coming week.
Burning within the Warby-Ovens National Park, the fire which is located 4km South East of Boweya, started on private property and then spread into public land.
Incident Controller Neale Cleeland said on Monday the 14-kilometre perimeter of the fire had been secured thanks to the work of firefighters, supported by water-bombing aircraft and heavy machinery.
“At this point in time the spread of the fire has been halted,” Mr Cleeland said.
“The fire is burning within control lines and crews will remain on the fire ground blacking out and patrolling.”
“There’s still a lot of work to be done and it’s unlikely that the fire will be declared under control until later this week.”
Mr Cleeland said residents may continue to see smoke originating from the fire ground during the coming days.
“While we have secured the containment line around the perimeter of the fire, we are still dealing with a large area of land which has been impacted by fire in steep and difficult terrain.”
The current advice message will remain in place until the fire is assessed as being under control.
About 70 Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA firefighters have worked on the fire.
Internal tracks and roads within the Warby-Ovens National Park remain closed to the general public.
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