Gisborne firefighters on stand-by

Firefighters from Gisborne and District Brigades are on stand-by for possible deployment to the fire in the Mt Baw Baw area.

DSE firefighters are battling a large blaze at Aberfeldy, north of Baw Baw National Park in Gippsland.

The bushfire has burnt around 4,200 hectares.

It’s burning out of control in the Donnely Creek area between Aberfeldy and Walhalla, north of Erica.

“We have a crew on the ready to help out if required” said Comms Officer Bevan Moody.

Fire authorities anticipate Licola Road will be impacted by fire in the early hours of Friday morning, 18 January. Residents of Licola and surrounds should consider leaving the area as soon as possible as the road is likely to be closed.

A significant increase in wind speed is expected this evening and into the early morning. This combined with the predicted south westerly wind change will cause severe and unpredictable fire behaviour.