Kinglake Complex Fire Update 4.30pm 12/02/2009

Kinglake Complex Fire Update 4.30pm

CFA / DSE Joint Media Release about Kinglake Complex and burns planned today
12/02/2009

Kinglake Complex Fire

To secure the southern edge of the Kinglake Fire Complex CFA and DSE will be conducting a low intensity fuel reduction burn today, Thursday the 12th. February 2009. The burn will commence at 6.00pm .

The 100 hectare burn is planned for south west of Coombs Road in Kinglake West. Bulldozers and fire crews are currently constructing containment lines around the burn area .

Fire crews and burn plan experts will burn small sections at a time on a strip of land, that if not managed by fuel reduction may present a significant risk of fire to those communities and water catchments south of the burn area under the forecasted weather and wind conditions for the coming week.

There has already been spotting in the area and the reduction of the fuel will lower the risk of further spotting which may become difficult to control.

Smoke from this burn may be visible visible North East of Yan Yean Resevoir and in the south around Buttermans Track.

Incident Controller Neil Bumpstead said” low intensity controlled burning reduces fuel and inhibits fire intensity. He also reminded people that even though the conditions have moderated the public in these areas need to remain vigilant to fire activity and continue to monitor ABC 774 for fire updates”.

Our fire crews continue to patrol and black out and respond to flare ups with dozer work continuing on containment lines along the south west edge.

Access to these areas is still restricted and the public can find current information regarding road closures at wwww.vicroads.vic.gov.au

For information on fires in Victoria 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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