Dargo fire continues to burn

Dargo fire continues to burn

Fire authorities are continuing to battle two fires about 36 kilometres north west of Dargo, which have joined together and are burning in remote public land.

Forest Fire Management Gippsland controller, Anthony Costigan, says the fires are in very challenging country to manage.

“Firefighters are working hard in dry, steep terrain in many locations,” Mr Costigan said.

While weather conditions are favorable, firefighters are continuing to undertake back burning operations on the Black Snake Creek fire, west of Dargo to ensure the protection of the township.

There is no access to Dargo due to fires in the area.

The Alpine National Park south of the Great Alpine Road remains closed while Dargo High Plains Road is closed from south of Dargo to the Great Alpine Road.

More than 20 vehicles are responding to the fire, which on Tuesday morning had so far burnt out 19,000 hectares.

The Mayford-Tuckalong Spur fire south of Dinner Plain had burnt about 11,500 hectares on Monday and crews were undertaking back burning to prevent the fire crossing the Great Alpine Road.

A larger fire, to the east of Licola, was almost 67,000 hectares in size and burning in remote public land near Mount Wellington and Avon Wilderness.

On Tuesday, crews were busy constructing containment lines along private properties to prevent the fire entering freehold land.

“Our emergency services are already stretched with fires going since the first of January. It is now day 70 and we have many more days ahead of hard work to contain the going fires,” Mr Costigan said.