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									                           State Fire Situation Report
Department of
Sustainability and
Environment
                                    0700 hrs Tuesday 24 February 2009


                                              State Fire Control Objectives
                 •     Safety of personnel tasked to the incident
                 •     Protection of members of the community, including keeping the community informed
                 •     Protection of critical infrastructure and community assets
                 •     Aggressive first attack on new outbreaks
                 •     Protection of conservation and environmental values

Incident Overview
     •    There is no Total Fire Ban today.

                    Agency                                      Going                                      Contained
                      DSE                                         4                                           17
                     CFA#                                         5                                            1
                Joint CFA/DSE                                    4*                                            0
                     Total                                       13                                           18
          CFA# - Figure includes fires and incidents that CFA are currently attending separately to DSE, including small fires.

     •    Total area burnt by going forest fires is currently 286,578 hectares.

New Fires
   • Upwey – Nixon Road (300 ha)
   • Muskvale – Hogans Road – south of Daylesford (2130 ha)
   • Won Wron – Napier Road – 7km WNW of Woodside (1300 ha)
   • Snake Island - South East of Port Welshpool

Current Significant Fire Details
Note: The following comments are the best available information and only provide a snapshot of current
events.

GOING FIRES
Kilmore East-Murrindindi Complex North – 154,971 ha
   • The eastern part of the fire is slowly spreading south east in remote and very difficult terrain.
   • Patrolling and blacking out continued on established sectors.
   • Possible widening of control line in Tordbreck sector to occur later in the morning.
   • Road closures in place for: Eildon / Jamieson road, Snobs creek and Rubicon roads south of the
     residential settlements. Jerusalem track road just past the Darlingford waters Marina, Maroondah
     highway between Buxton and Healesville, Matlock Road, Woods Point road in Marrysville and from
     Reefton to Matlock, Kinglake Road between Kinglake and Kinglake West and Flowerdale (partial
     road closure), Yea road between Kinglake west and Flowerdale (partial road closure), Yea Road
     between Whittlesea and Kinglake west (partial road closure).

Kilmore East-Murrindindi Complex South – 80,129 ha
   • Fire activity has been quiet across all divisions and sectors behind control lines.
   • Fire did not threaten the communities in the Warburton area.
   • Patrolling and burning out continued overnight.
   • Some drizzle overnight temporarily ceased fire activity.

Wilson’s Promontory – Cathedral – 21,028 ha
  • Fire continued to burn on the ranges above tidal river (Mt Leonard, Mt Latrobe, Mt Bishop, Mt
     Ramsay).
  • Spot fires on the Yanakie Division has crossed the Promontory Road and into the Silver Swamp
     complex.


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                           State Fire Situation Report
Department of
Sustainability and
Environment
                                    0700 hrs Tuesday 24 February 2009

    • The Wilderness zone of Wilson Promontory is continuing to burn north up the Promontory towards
      Mt Hunter.
    • Night crews continued to patrol Promontory road, blacking out and monitoring fire activity.
    • The fire is backing down to the Promontory road. Tidal River settlement is prepared for all
      contingencies, including emergency evacuation if necessary.

Bunyip SP - Bunyip Ridge Track – 26,200 ha
  • Fire behaviour low overnight with crews focussing on patrolling and blacking out and consolidating
     existing control lines.
  • Humus burning under grass/pasture in Longwarry division is still posing some issues.

Won Wron – Napier Road - 1300 ha
  • Crews working on the north east corner of the fire
  • Tracking western edge from Lowes Road to Boodyarn Road
  • Fire is moving north east towards the Mullundung State Forest.

Upwey – Nixon Road - 300 ha
  • Fire activity has abated as the wind has dropped.
  • 1km of 5.5km control lines have been completed
  • 3 Fire fighters were injured and their tanker suffered significant damage
  • Asset lost – 2 sheds.

Muskvale – Hogans Road – 2800 ha
  • Fire behaviour eased overnight and the threat to Daylesford & Bullarto has been downgraded
  • The fire has burnt mostly through bushland.
  • 8km of 30km control lines have been built
  • Asset protection is still a priority, patrol and blacking out continues.
  • 2 fire fighters were hospitalised for observation.


Losses (For a full loss report see the daily report from the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner)
Fatalities                                                209
State / Community Infrastructure                          103
Commercial                                                 59
Private Dwellings                                        2,017
Agricultural Buildings/Facilities                        1,536
Stock                                                    8,906
Timber plantations                                      6,966 ha

Resources Committed to Going and Contained Fires
                              AGENCY                                         Personnel                     Equipment
                                                                                                308 tankers and slip-on units
                                                                                 1420           32 bulldozers
 DSE & Networked Emergency Organisations (NEO)                                                  46 aircraft
 Country Fire Authority (CFA)                                                    1000           250 appliances
 Interstate                                                                      1002           251 appliances
 International Contingent (USA, Canada & NZ)                                     120             -
 Contractors                                                                     143            n/a
 Total Fire Personnel                                                            3685
 Source:IRIS as at 0500 hrs, 24 February




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                           State Fire Situation Report
Department of
Sustainability and
Environment
                                    0700 hrs Tuesday 24 February 2009


 Breakdown of Interstate and International Support
 New South Wales Rural Fire Service                                               472           95 appliances
 New South Wales Fire Brigade                                                     55            16 appliances
 New South Wales National Parks                                                    59           24 appliances
 Forests New South Wales                                                           38           19 appliances
 New South Wales Ambulance                                                         21           9 appliances
 Tasmania Agencies                                                                 90           44 appliances
 South Australia                                                                  172           27 appliances
 Western Australia                                                                 10
 ACT                                                                               90           17 appliances
 USA                                                                               60
 Canada                                                                             9
 New Zealand                                                                       51
Tasmanian agencies include Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania and Tasmanian Fire Service.

Weather Situation
A low pressure system over Tasmania will drift slowly eastwards today. A high pressure system south of the
Bight will pass to the south of Tasmania late Wednesday, reaching the Tasman Sea on Thursday. A low
pressure trough will cross Victoria on Friday.

Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Partly cloudy in the south with isolated morning showers near the coast and about the Gippsland ranges.
Generally sunny in the north although areas of smoke haze. A mild day with moderate to fresh southerly
winds. Maximum Fire Danger: High to very high.

Forecast for Wednesday
Isolated morning showers in the south, otherwise fine. Warm inland, milder near the coast. Light to moderate
southerly winds, fresh at times near the coast. Fire danger high to very high.

Forecast for Thursday
Fine and mainly sunny. Warm to hot inland with light winds. Milder near the coasts with afternoon
seabreezes. Fire danger high to very high.

Forecast for Friday
Generally hot with moderate to fresh north to northwesterly winds ahead of a cooler, gusty southwesterly
change extending from the west during the afternoon and evening. Isolated showers and thunderstorms
developing near the change. A very grim day. Fire danger very high to extreme.

Communications
The Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) opened 6am today. Both DSE and CFA continue to
provide information updates to local communities.

Message
• Victoria’s fire agencies, with the valued assistance of interstate and international crews, continue to work
   hard building fire control lines and undertaking back-burning activities.

Community Meetings re: the Fire Situation

     •    Healesville - Tuesday 24th, Thursday 27th & Saturday 29th February at 6:00 pm Queens Park

     •    Eildon –Tuesday 24 February at 10.30am Eildon Community Centre, Eildon

     •    Jamieson – Wednesday 25 February at 10.30 am Jamieson Hall, 15 Perkins Street, Jamieson

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                           State Fire Situation Report
Department of
Sustainability and
Environment
                                    0700 hrs Tuesday 24 February 2009

     •    Woods Point – Wednesday 25 February at 2:00 pm Commercial Hotel, 1 Bridge Street, Woods
          Point.

     •    Warburton –Tuesday 24, Thursday 27 & Saturday 29 February at 6:00 pm Mechanics Hall


Daily meetings
Flowerdale – Flowerdale Hotel 9am daily
Buxton – Buxton Reserve Community Services Hub 5pm daily
Kinglake - Municipal Office 12:00pm and 4:00pm daily
Kinglake West - Kinglake West Fire Station 2:00pm daily

In addition to these meetings there has been a significant increase in demand from the community for the
CFA and DSE to increase the number of Fire Ready Victoria meetings being held across the state.




Peter Billing                                                                        Neil Bumpstead
State Duty Officer                                                                   State Duty Officer
Fire and Emergency Management                                                        Country Fire Authority
Department of Sustainability and Environment




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