Kinglake Complex Fire Update 10.00 am 13/02/2009

Kinglake Complex Fire Update 10.00 am

CFA Release about Kinglake Complex and planned community meetings today
13/02/2009

Current Situation Fire and Recovery

Major Fire activity has now eased in the Kinglake Complex of fires. However there remains a risk of flare ups in unburnt areas dues to strong winds and higher temperatures forecast over the next week. There have been 60 fire fighters along with bulldozers and graders working over night to secure containment lines on the south west edge.

The low intensity fuel reduction burn proposed for Thursday the 12th of February between Kinglake Park and Yan Yean Reservoir did not go ahead due to the forecasted weather predictions.

Buttermans Track area will be strengthened by dozer work and other fire management strategies.

For the first time in five days street lighting in Kinglake’s main street was visible after the main the voltage power line was restored.

There are no current alerts for the fire affected areas in the Kinglake complex other than residents still in the area need to remain vigilant and continue to monitor ABC 774 for updates.

Roads

Traffic management points have been set up with Police checking the bona fides of drivers.

The Heidelberg Kinglake Road is closed from St Andrews, local residents living between St Andrews Hotel and Mittons Bridge Road are able to gain access to their properties with appropriate identification.

From Mittons bridge Road access is only to residents living on the Kinglake Heidelberg Road, no access through Mittons Road to Kinglake township.
People with a pecuniary interest MAY be permitted to travel on these roads.
There is allowance for Emergency services utility providers

The public can find current information regarding road closures at wwww.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Community Recovery meetings are scheduled for the following communities today :
Kinglake 12:00pm and 4:00pm
Municipal Offices
Kinglake West 2:00 pm
Kinglake West Fire Station
Christmas Hills Fire Station 6:00 pm
Cnr Ridge and Muir Rds [m 273 H2]
Whittlesea at 7.00pm
Whittlesea Community Centre, 56 Laurel Street, Whittlesea

For information on fires in and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone/ telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969.

Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/home

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