[WED Jan 1 – UPDATE: I am away with the CFA at present and not in a position to update this page until further notice so please don’t rely on it for updates – please check the relevant government agency websites which you will find if you scroll down. Thanks]
There are some links on how to support recovery and emergency efforts available here.
And I’m still doing some updates on the Mountain Journal facebook page, mostly around park and road closures.
[Monday December 30 2019]
Here we go. We have a long, hot, scary day ahead of us, with extreme fire risk across all mountain areas.
In Victoria, authorities are calling on all people in East Gippsland (east of Bairnsdale) to leave the area, in case the Princes Highway needs to be closed. Mountain communities like Goongerah are at imminent risk of being hit by fires. The W Tree Yalmy fire is still not yet under control, nor is the Ensay Ferntree fire. Firefighters and aircraft are responding to four new fires north-west of Gelantipy which were started by dry lightning earlier his morning.
In NSW there has already been at least one small fire started by dry lightning in the Snowy Mountains (it is under control).
In Tasmania, today is a Day of Total Fire Ban, but authorities warn that tomorrow could be even worse, and that people in bushland areas should consider leaving for urban areas.