Lightning sparks multiple fires in the Upper Murray

 Firefighters are continuing to work in tough terrain to contain multiple bushfires sparked from lightning strikes in the Upper Murray, near Tallangatta, Wodonga and Corryong today.

 Quick response by Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and the CFA has resulted in the majority of the bushfires being contained or under control.

 Incident Controller, Scott Thomson, said, “FFMVic and CFA firefighters on the ground were supported by aircraft, heavy machinery, including dozers and a rappel crew from Ovens.”

 “Containment lines have been constructed, however some of the fires are still burning within the containment lines.”

 “The fires will continue to be monitored into the night and ground and rappel crews will commence work first thing tomorrow morning.”

 “Aircraft will also undertake water bombing operations to help suppress the fires and residents in the area may see or smell smoke.”

 “While these fires weren’t threatening communities, it’s a timely reminder on how quickly a bushfire can start in extremely hot weather conditions.”

 “During the coming days temperatures will remain very high across much of northern Victoria, with strong north westerly and a gusty wind change on Friday, which will contribute to the increased fire danger.”

 “Because of the prolonged heat, the region is extremely dry and any fires which start will be difficult to contain and may spread quickly.”

 “We need people to be prepared for the potential impact of fires and have a clear plan for what they will do if fire threatens. This includes accessing information from the VicEmergency app, website or emergency broadcasters,” Mr Thomson said.

 For latest information on this fire visit: www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Tune into ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV or call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone on freecall 1800 226 226.

 Brittany Evans |Regional Media and Communications Adviser | Hume Region

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning