Gippsland fire continues to burn

THE Aberfeldy fire, which has been burning for more than a month, has devastated almost 85,000 hectares of land in Gippsland.

According to a fire situation update yesterday from the Country Fire Authority and the Department of Sustainability and Environment, today’s fire danger rating is expected to be lower following two days of high fire weather conditions.

“However, the fire will continue to burn within control lines into coming weeks,” the update stated.

“Currently there are 258 personnel, six tankers and 63 slip-ons and 23 dozers; CFA and DSE crews are based in Licola.

The authorities said resources deployed to the fire would vary according to weather conditions, and firefighting personnel from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service had been deployed to assist with efforts.

As of yesterday the fire had been burning for 32 days and had a perimeter of 388 kilometres.