It’s time again to drop a gear in the Upper Murray area, with Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) declaring several fire-affected roads and tracks safe for travel.
Staff and contractors cleared, stabilised and repaired drainage across hundreds of kilometres, including Wild Boar and Beetoomba Spur tracks.
WORKING HARD TO MITIGATE THE RISKS
“One of our biggest concerns is the risk to visitors and our staff from fire affected trees,” says FFMVic Upper Murray District Manager, Dave Jenson.
“Our crews and contractors have been working hard to mitigate these risks by undertaking hazardous tree works to ensure that fire-affected areas are safe for visitors to enjoy.
“We are happy to announce that some key roads and tracks will reopen for the holiday period.
“It’s really important that visitors to our area plan their trip in advance to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information about which roads and tracks are open.
“This is particularly important in remote areas of the high country which were impacted by fires,” Mr Jenson said.
As of December 18, FFMVic said that all roads and tracks are or will open by Christmas Eve:
- Wheelers Creek Road between Cattleman Creek Track and Buenba Road
- Beetoomba Spur Track
- Eustace Gap Track
- Dunstans Road from Benambra-Corryong Road to the Dead Finish Track intersection
- Wild Boar Track
CLOSURES REMAINING IN PLACE
Crews continue to perform soil, stabilisation and hazardous tree works with some tracks remaining closed.
“Due to the impact of the bushfires, including flash flooding events, it may take some time for all fire impacted roads and tracks to be reopened.”
The following key roads remain closed:
- Mt Gibbo Track
- Mt Pinnibar Track
- Wheelers Creek Road between Benambra Corryong Rd and Cattleman Creek Track and from Buenba Road to Mt Gibbo Track
- Dunstans Road south of Dead Finish Track intersection including access to Gibsons Hut Site