Battle to stop bushfire

Battle to stop bushfire

10 November 2009

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Australia — A bushfire in national park in Victoria’s remote far east is expected to burn for at least two more days. Firefighters face a race against time to douse the blaze, burning between Cape Conran and Bemm River in East Gippsland, before windy and hot conditions on Saturday.

Department of Sustainability and Environment duty officer Peter Billing said 96 DSE firefighters were fighting the blaze, about 50 kilometres west of Mallacoota.

The fire had burnt out 800 hectares, he said. This was expected to rise to 4000 hectares before it was contained through backburning. No people are threatened, with the settlement of Bemm River more than 10 kilometres away.

Mr Billing said the fire was burning in peat in remote and swampy conditions. ”It’s going to be at least a couple of days before we contain it,” he said.

”It’s been burning for a few days so it’s given us a few headaches. We’re trying as hard as we can go to get this fire pinned down before the weather conditions deteriorate on Saturday.

”The fire danger’s going to increase with both the wind and temperature going to go up.”

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