FIRE REPORTS: Eskdale, Mungabareena, Mudgegonga

MUDGEGONGA

12.12PM: Firefighters have contained a fire at Mudgegonga. 

The 3acre fire, on Blacks Flat Road,  was started by lightning overnight and flared up around 11am. 

District 24 regional duty officer Sean Crosthwaite said five trucks were sent to put out the blaze and crews were blacking out now. 

"There were a lot of lightning strikes overnight and the fires are just starting to present now that there's daylight and things are warming up," he said. 

"We've put out several already and they'll be popping up all day. This one was a good save.

"Due to the warm weather we're implementing what is called a 'hot table' response. Any fires that pop up, we're automatically sending five appliances (trucks) to so we can hit them hard and fast. "

A CFA advice notice says there is no danger to communities from this fire. 

MUNGABAREENA

12.02PM: Firefighters are battling a car fire in Mungabareena Reserve.

The car, a hatchback, was set alight about 11.30am.

It's understood roads have been blocked at Mungabareena Road by emergency services.

ESKDALE

3PM: No change. 

12.29PM: Firefighters have been able to maintain the fire at 2ha but executives are concerned wind changes could fuel the blaze this afternoon. 

Two aircraft and one helicopter have been water bombing since this morning, about 20 ground crews from Mitta Mitta and Tallangatta remain on scene and four bulldozers are also on site. 

"The conditions have been such that we've been able to get crews directly attacking close to the fire edge. So the amount of running edge has been reduced," incident controller Tony Long said. 

"It's looking good, our biggest concern is just the weather.

"They're predicting for winds to strengthen considerably from the north-west with a south-westerly change later in the evening. Our aim is to get a break around the whole fire well before that time, hopefully within the next few hours."

The CFA website advice to Eskdale, Little Snowy Creek, Tallandoon and Penny Flat is: "There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions. "

8.50AM: A SMALL bushfire has broken out near Eskdale following lightning in the area last night. 

The 2ha blaze, 12km southeast of Eskdale, was started by lightning in the early hours of the morning and was monitored by CFA crews overnight. 

A water bombing helicopter has been called in from Ovens, three bulldozers are on their way to the area and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries is sending 24 crews in by foot to set up a containment line. 

Incident controller Scott Thomson, from Parks Victoria, said the fire was in difficult terrain but was under control at this stage. 

"We're conscious that there is a total fire ban today so we need to be aggressive and hit this fire early on," he said. 

"We've got 24 personnel walking in by foot with rakehoes and given the fire is this small and quiet, the plan is to put in a rakehoe trail as a containment line."

Mr Thomson said the Avondale air base had also been notified in case water bombers with fire retardant were needed later today. 

"We've also got the Avondale air base set up, from which fire bombers can operate with water bombing or fire retardent if we need

A CFA communications officer said there was currently no threat to communities. 

"People might see smoke, helicopters and movement from machinery like bulldozers on the road but there is no reason to be alarmed at this point," she said. 

"People should stay informed and monitor the situation through our web and phone services."

For more information, visit: 

www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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www.emergency.vic.gov.au

or call the VIC bushfire info line on 1800 240 667

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