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Riddells Creek grassfire (Dalrymple Road Fire) 5.00am UPDATE

Riddells Creek grassfire (Dalrymple Road Fire) 5.00am UPDATE

The township of Riddells Creek came under threat from a fast moving grassfire yesterday as high temperatures and strong winds fanned a number of fires across the state.

At 11.43am yesterday morning the brigade initially responded to a grassfire at Dalrymple Road, Gisborne. Strong south westerly winds saw this fire travel very quickly in a north easterly direction towards Riddells Creek.

After crossing Settlement Road West and Riddell Road, the spread of the fire was halted at Campbells Road and Sutherlands Road in Riddells Creek. The fire is currently CONTAINED but further work will be done today to ensure all hot spots are extinguished.

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Photo looking over Cheriton Drive towards Sutherlands Road, Riddells Creek. Image courtesy of The Age

 

 

 

Emergency Warnings and Watch and Act messages were issued during the course of the fire but these were later downgraded as the fire activity subsided. An “ADVICE” message currently remains in place. For up to date information and advice on this fire, visit www.emergencyvic.com.au

Community Meetings: There are 2 community meetings being held to inform residents about the fire. Both are to be held today the 10th of February at the Riddells Creek Leisure Centre on Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek. The first meeting is at 2pm and will run for approximately an hour. The Second will be held at 6pm and again will run for approximately an hour.

There will be representatives from the CFA, Council, Police and Welfare agencies.

Please keep a watch on this page, the Emergency Vic website and our Facebook page for further information about community meetings.

Losses: Early estimates indicate the fire burned 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres) of private property. There are unconfirmed reports that two(2) houses have been lost and a number of out buildings have also been destroyed.

Firefighting resources: At the peak of the fire fight, approximately 120 fire trucks were working to control the fire, along with firefighting aircraft which included “Delilah” the aircrane. A number of “strike teams” or task forces travelled significant distances to Riddells Creek, some of which included fire trucks from the MFB and DEPI.

Road closures: A number of roads were closed during the fire, including the Calder FWY and Riddell Road. The Calder FWY is now open but with speed restrictions in place. Riddell Road and Campbells Road remain closed. For updates on road closures, visit: http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Train services: Trains are running on a limited modified service. http://www.vline.com.au/

Emergency Relief Centres: An Emergency Relief Centre has been established at the Gisborne Community Centre, Hamilton Street Gisborne, for residents displaced by the fire. For more information about the relief centre, visit: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au

Community Meetings: There are 2 community meetings being held to inform residents about the fire. Both are to be held today the 10th of February at the Riddells Creek Leisure Centre on Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek. The first meeting is at 2pm and will run for approximately an hour. The Second will be held at 6pm and again will run for approximately an hour.

There will be representatives from the CFA, Council, Police and Welfare agencies.

Please keep a watch on this page, the Emergency Vic website and our Facebook page for further information about community meetings.

Other tips and advice: After yesterdays fire it is hard to know what to do. Firstly check yourselves, your property, any animals and also check in on your neighbours. Try to keep your regular routine and ask for help if it is needed.

The Riddells Creek fire brigade along with other brigades will be out through the fire zone again today blacking out any hot spots and ready to respond to any new fires if required.

If traveling through the fire zone (many roads still closed) please be mindful of livestock and animals on the roads. If you do not have a reason to be in the fire zone please remain away as you could hinder the efforts of the emergency services and locals trying to recover the area. As always if you see a fire call Triple Zero ( 000 ) and report it in the normal way. Please don’t call for smoke in the area.

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