I have just returned from a meeting at Warburton CFA regarding the latest fires in the upper yarra Valley area.
As we speak all roads to Big River are closed.
Last Friday, a lighting strike caused a small fire out at Lake Mountain. Which was smouldering at the Cambarville Junction when I rode the area last Sunday.
Since then 3 more lighting strikes created 3 fires which have merged into one fire in the Reefton area. This created spot fires in the water catchment areas which are under control.
The fire is in watch and Act mode at the moment. Most of the fires are in inaccessible areas. The help of air support is putting a dint in these fires but wont put them out.
Currently 6 firefighting helicopters are in use. 5 CFA tankers, 3 D6 Dozers, 1 D4 Dozer, 1 D7 Dozer, 1 Harvester, 2 Excavators, 9 Slipons, 2 Unimogs and 3 Ops Vehicles.
Considering these fires are only 1/4 the size of Gippsland fires. Significant force is been applied to control the fire swiftly.
My Thoughts. We need rain. The chances of another lighting strike is high. The bush is very dry. Without rain. It would be foolhardy to ride the bush. The roads are closed. Even by some miracle the fires are contained tomorrow. The clean up and management could go on for days.
It is with much regret that all Big River rides I have currently posted will be postponed till Easter.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.