In the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook produced in August, it was clear that East Gippsland and the Alps were facing a long and difficult fire season. Even though it is only early December, there have already been a series of large fires on both public and private land in both these sections of the state.
The ABC reports:
There have been six fires of significance over the past two weeks in East Gippsland.
Authorities were most concerned about fires near Gelantipy, Bruthen, and Ensay.
The fires were caused by dry lightning that ignited dozens of fires along the Great Dividing Range.
Incident controller Andy Gillham said the Country Fire Authority and DELWP were not caught off-guard by the fires.
“With all the modelling that has been done by the fire researchers, they said it would be an above-average season for East Gippsland,” he said.
“Because the landscape is so dry we had lightning and fires. We did have an early start to the season, but we weren’t caught off-guard”.
Check the Emergency VIC website for updates on fires.