Love Lorne News

Emergency Services Update

December 22, 2015

Tuesday 22/12/2015

Lorne- Jamieson’s Track Fire

 The Lorne Jamieson Track fire is located north of Jamieson track in the Great Otway National Park, 8kms west of Lorne.  Fire ignition was due to a lightning strike on Saturday 19 December 2015.  The fire has burned approximately 104 hectares.

Firefighters continue to work on the fire to construct a fire break. Favourable weather conditions over the next few days will assist fire-fighting activities; expected high danger fire weather later in the week is of concern. Local communities are reminded to stay informed with current information

Lorne- Delaney’s Road Fire

The Lorne Delaney’s Road fire is located South of Delaney’s Road and Callahan Falls within the Barwon Downs area in the Great Otway National Park, 12 kms north of Lorne. Fire ignition was due to a lightning strike on Saturday 19 December 2015.  The fire has burned approximately 6ha hectares.

Firefighters continue to work on the fire to construct a fire break. Favourable weather conditions over the next few days will assist fire-fighting activities;expected high danger fire weather later in the week is of concern. Local communities are reminded to stay informed with current information

Currently we have a total of 94 personnel, 28 firefighting appliances, 7dozers and 4 aircraft working on both fires.

  • Crews and Dozers will continue to black out, and will continue to monitor the fire activity for the next few days
  • Both fires have currently a mineral earth break being constructed around the entire perimeter.

While there is not hreat to communities at this stage, communities need to stay informed.

Tourism has not been affected by these fires and visitors and holiday makers are free to travel along The Great Ocean Road.

CAMPERS AND VISITORS

The following camp sites and tracks within the Great Otway National Park are currently closed for public safety until further notice:

Wye River Road & Jamieson’s Campgrounds

Wye River Road Track

Godfrey’s Track

Jamieson Track

Curtis Track

Due to recent fire activity, campers and tourists should check for park closures. Visit www.parks.vic.gov.auor phone the information centre on 13 19 63 for information.

 

SAFETY INFORMATION 

Smoke will be visible along the Great Ocean Road and road users are advised to have their car headlights on in smoky areas, bemindful of emergency vehicles in the area and drive to conditions.  Traffic management may be implemented if conditions change.

People are asked to stay clear of operating helicopters refilling from water sources for their own safety and that of aircraft personnel.

Coastal communities and visitors travelling along the Great Ocean Road between Wye River and Lorne should continue to monitor the fire situation and implement their fire plan.

For information on fires in Victoria andgeneral fire safety, please contact the VictorianBushfire Information Line (VBIL)on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf,hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL viathe National Relay Service on 1800 555677.Non-EnglishSpeaking Background (NESB) callers contact theTranslatingand Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to telephone VBIL. If you knowsomeone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.

People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC LocalRadio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWSTelevision.

For road closures check the VicRoads website http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Download the Fire Ready App or follow CFA_Updates on Twitter (#VicFires) orFacebook.

 

Information is online at www.delwp.vic.gov.au or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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Stay Informed:

  • Tune to ABC Local radio and commercial radio stations.