Lightning sparks fires over weekend

Lightning sparks fires over weekend

A number of fires were ignited by lightning strikes over the weekend with speedy response from Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews keeping them to small sizes.

The fires were in remote forest areas 10 kilometres north-east of Genoa, nine kilometres north of Orbost, 14 kilometres south-west of Buchan, 15 kilometres south-west of Tambo Crossing and 23 kilometres east of Dargo.

FFMVic firefighters on the ground were supported by dozers and aircraft and all the fires are now contained or under control at less than 10 hectares.

Gippsland’s Regional Agency Commander, Chris Barry said: “While these fires were all in remote areas and not threatening any communities, they are still a timely reminder to everyone to make sure they have a bushfire survival plan.’

“Our parks and forests are tinder-dry in the east of the region and these recent fires moved quickly in the warm windy conditions over the weekend,” Mr Barry said.

“Please make sure you have a plan now for what you and your family will do if a bushfire starts in your area.”

Information about bushfires and bushfire safety is available through a number of channels: Vic Emergency Hotline on free-call 1300 226 226 VicEmergency website: http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au Download the VicEmergency app Follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#VicFires) or Facebook Emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, local commercial radio and designated community radio stations.

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