Monday, January 23, 2006

Fire Update, Monday Jan 23rd PM

Haze has started to lift here and the fire front has receded somewhat, moving directly away from Moe and back into the foothills. Still abysmally hot and still out of control though. A number of smaller grass fires have been springing up in the built up areas, particularly Newborough (Haunted Hills Road) and even out the back of Churchill in the Jeeralang's. So for pity's sake, if you see someone lighting a fire delibrately, punch them in the face for me.

The CFA have updated the major incident section on their website, and here is the executive summary (as of 3.50pm):

520 firefighters
59 trucks
17 bulldozers
4 aircraft
4 helicopters

Firefighters were successful in stopping the fire three kilometres north of Yallourn North last night and the level of threat to the areas of Tanjil, Tanjil South, Yallourn North and Tyers has currently subsided, though it has started to move back towards Erica and Rawson. In total nearly 10 000 hecatres of has been burnt in the Moondarra State Forrest and surrounds. Community information meetings will be held this evening at the Newborough Town Hall at 5pm, the Yallourn North Fire Station at 6.30pm and at the Tyers Fire Station at 8.00pm.

My mate in Erica said that the fire got up to 22km/h at some stages - "almost filled my nappy" was his quote. Here are some of his photos closer to the front:

Fire Bombing, Helicopter Style

Closer To The Front

For those locally, there are a number of road closures (as listed on the DSE website):

Purvis Rd at Becks Bridge Rd -No north bound
Walhalla Rd (Moe-Erica Rd) at Purvis Rd - No north bound
Tyers- Walhalla Rd at Rintouls Creek Rd - No north bound
Cowarr-Walhalla Rd at Maffra Rd - No north bound
(Parker corner) Walhalla-Thompson Valley Rd - No south bound
Walhalla Rd at Tyers-Walhalla Rd - no south bound
Tanjil Bren Rd/Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road - CLOSED
Old Sale-Walhalla Rd at Hunter Hill Rd - CLOSED
Hernes Oak - Freeway over-pass - no north bound
Coach Rd at Old Sale Rd - CLOSED
Moe North Rd at Golf Links Rd - CLOSED

A quick reminder that you can still download a short (less than 1mb) video of the firefront as of late Saturday afternoon by clicking HERE.

Posted by Dave The Hat :: 4:28 PM :: 2 Comments:

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