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Updates: Road closures and fire warnings

Stay up-to-date with road closures and fire warnings in the area here. The News will continue to update the situation throughout the day.

February 10, 2014 9:52am

A police officer mans a roadblock on Naring Rd in Numurkah on Sunday night.


UPDATE, 7.30pm: The Country Fire Authority has advised firefighters have stopped the spread of the grassfire in the Wunghnu area and fire activity has subsided.

The grassfire is now under control.

Residents in Numurkah, Wunghnu, Bunbartha, Drumanure, Invergordon, Katandra, Naring, Waaia, Yalca, Yarroweyah, Baulkamaugh North, Dunbulbalene, Marungi, Mundoona and Sandmount are no longer under any threat, but are advised to remain vigilant and continue to look for updates as there is still fire activity in the area.

People travelling in the fire-affected area should exercise extreme caution as hazards such as fallen trees and powerlines as well as emergency vehicles and changed road conditions may be experienced.

Assessments are being conduted on fire-affected infrastructure for hazards and safety issues. Members of the public should remain vigilant. Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.
 
The only remaining road closure still in place is the Katamatite-Nathalia road between Katamatite and Numurkah.
 
A Recovery Centre, 36 Melville St, Numurkah, will be open tomorrow from 10 am until 5pm. In attendance will be Council, DHS and DEPI to discuss personal hardship and wellbeing issues, animal welfare issues and any other recovery issues.

 

UPDATE, 4.54pm: The Country Fire Authority has asked people to stay away from the Brooke Crt and Kinnards Rd area in Numurkah.

The latest Watch and Act advice says there is activity in the area, which is now closed to the public, and has requested people stay away from the area for safety reasons and to allow emergency service vehicles to continue fireifighting activities.

 

UPDATE, 4.11pm: Police are yet to determine the cause of a number of fires burning across the state over the weekend, but initial investigations say the fire at Kaarimba Rd in Wunghnu is being treated as suspicious.

The cause of another fire on the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Wunghnu is yet to be determined.

It could be several days or weeks before the causes of the fires can be determined.

 

UPDATE, 12.33pm: The CFA has advised the three fires have merged into one large fire called the Wunghnu Complex.

The grassfire is not yet under control.

There is active fire in the Brooke Court and Kinnards Road area. This area is closed to the public. Please stay away from this area for safety reasons and to allow Emergency Service Vehicles to continue fire fighting activities.

Residents are advised to keep montoring the situation, continue to check for updates and remain vigilant at all times.
 
Motorists are advised to take extra caution due to additional CFA trucks undertaking firefighting operations in these areas. There will be smoke in the area. Please take caution when travelling and turn on your car headlights.
 
Assessments are being conducted on roads, power lines, power poles, railways and trees for hazards and safety issues to the public. Members are advised until these assessments are completed the area is unsafe to the general public.
 
Road Closures:
 
The Katamatite-Nathalia road is closed between Katamatite and Numurkah.
 
All other major roads are open.
 
There may be local roads which are closed including Wunghnu road to Shepparton-Katamatite Road and Kaarimba Road into Wunghnu.

Community meetings will be held today for information regarding the current fire.

2:00pm – Wunghnu, Wunghnu Tavern, Goulburn Valley Highway

6:00 pm – Numurkah, St Josephs Primary School, Mary McKillop Center, Tocumwal Road.

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Firefighters worked into the night to tackle fires at Wunghnu, Bunbartha and Numurkah.

UPDATE: VicRoads is reporting Katamatite-Shepparton Rd has now reopened.

9.58am: The Goulburn Valley Hwy is closed between Congupna and Wunghnu Rd - a tree has fallen across the road. Please take care in the area.

A Watch and Act message remains in place for Bunbartha, Numurkah, Naring, Wunghnu, Invergordan, Marungi, Mundoona, Baulkamaugh North, Drumanture and Dunbulbalane.

There is a large, 12,700 hecatare grassfire travelling slowly towards the identified control lines.

The grassfire is currently not yet under control.

Powerlines and trees are down and the fire is still active. Smoke may continue to impact on roadways, causing limited visibility.

Residents are advised to keep monitoring the situation, continue to check for updates and remain vigilant at all times.

The Goulburn Valley Hwy between Tallygaroopna and Numurkah is now open.

Road closures:

Labuan Rd

Katamatite-Shepparton Rd between Congupna and Drumanure Rd.

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