Containment lines ‘won’t hold’

by admin on August 30th, 2019

filed under 苏州半永久

“They are just so sure that the fire will jump containment lines if the wind picks up as predicted,” said a spokesman for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).


The spokesman said the fires, which have blackened more than 800,000 hectares in Victoria, were now so large that a wind change could make conditions much worse.

“In terms of how dry the bushland is – the fire situation – it really is a monster out there,” he said.

Fire has surrounded Mount Buller, with Mirimbah, Sheepyard Flat and Sawmill Settlement to the north and Howqua Hills and Tobacco Flat to the south on alert.

Conditions calmer

Although conditions today were calmer, a fire yesterday briefly broke containment lines at Mansfield and resources are stretched at other danger points.

Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology Richard Carlyon said northerly winds, which picked up a little this afternoon and tonight, will be strong tomorrow.

He said in ridgetop areas, around where fires are raging, it would get to about 25-30 knots tomorrow, with gusty winds of up to 15 knots in valleys.

Mr Carlyon said a cool change would not likely hit fire areas in the high country until just before midnight tomorrow, when rains of 5-10 millimetres are expected.

More than 900 injured

Meanwhile, more than 900 people have been treated by St John Ambulance volunteers for injuries sustained in Victoria’s bushfires.

Injuries included eye irritation, dehydration, minor burns, blisters, bruises, broken bones, cuts and spider bites, with 17 patients requiring hospital treatment.

More than 430 St John Ambulance staff and volunteers are supporting Country Fire Authority and Department of Sustainability and Environment areas across the state.

The service has nine first aid posts at Mansfield, Briagolong, Heyfield, Mt Beauty, Bright, Erica, Dargo, Swifts Creek and Mt Hotham.

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