Victorian bushfire: firefighters tackle blaze at bunyip state park

 Victorian bushfire: firefighters tackle blaze at bunyip state park

 22 November 2017

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AUSTRALIA: FIREFIGHTERS have stopped the spread of a bushfire burning at Gembrook.

More than 50 firefighters are battling the blaze in Bunyip State Park, 65 kilometres east of Melbourne.

There is currently no threat to the community but residents are urged to stay informed and monitor conditions.

Incident Controller Nigel Brennan said crews were being supported by helicopters and fire surveillance aircraft, with bulldozers being used to build control lines around the perimeter of the fire.

“The fire, which started around 1pm today, burnt through 26 hectares of forest before crews stopped its spread near Burgess Road,” Mr Brennan said.

The fire had been travelling in a northerly direction from the Tonimbuk Rd area toward Burgess Rd, near Four Brothers Rocks.

Chief Fire Officer at Forrest Fire Management Stephanie Rotarangi said crews were quickly about to make “good progress”.

“Access to the fire is good and we have a number of aircraft assisting firefighters,” Ms Rotarangi said.

Crews expected to contain the fire overnight.

An advice message remains in place for the Gembrook community and local residents are advised to stay up to date at

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