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Fire and flood affected parks

This page may be updated many times a day when there are fires. Hit F5 to ensure you are seeing the latest details.   Page last updated: 13 Dec 2017 10.03 am

Parks affected by flood

Any closures to tracks or other changed conditions  due to recent heavy rain will be noted on the individual park pages under "Change to Conditions".

Parks affected by bushfire

Croajingolong National Park, Point Hicks Lighthouse Reserve and Peachtree Creek Reserve
A large bushfire is burning southeast of Cann River within state forest and Croajingolong National Park.  The fire is not yet under control and fire suppression activities are currently underway. To ensure the safety of all park visitors the following areas are closed to the public.

Thurra River & Mueller Inlet Campgrounds - Closed until 22 December 2017
Point Hicks Light Station - Closed until 22 December 2017
Wingan Inlet Campground - Closed until 2 January 2018
Wilderness Coast Walk - Closed until 2 January 2018

Closures will remain in place until the campgrounds and roads are declared safe and may extend beyond the dates mentioned above if circumstances change.

Bunyip State Park
The following roads, tracks and visitor sites are closed until further notice due to fire: Burgess Road between Link Road and Four Brothers Rocks, Four Brothers Rocks visitor site and Nichols Hut Track (walking track).

Any closures to tracks or other changed conditions resulting from bushfires or planned burning will be noted on the individual park pages under "Change to Conditions".

For latest information on fires go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Planned burning

Planned burning is carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria to help reduce bushfire risk to communities, property and the environment. Bushfire fuel management includes planned burning and other activities, like slashing, mowing and creating fuel breaks.

Ignition of burns is weather dependent and plans can change at short notice; visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria website to view a map of burns scheduled in parks and forests for the next 10 days. You can also sign up to receive automated SMS and email notifications about planned burns when they are close to being carried out via the Planned Burning Notification System (PBNS).

Stay informed during bushfires

  • Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au
  • Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can call via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
  • For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone the VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
  • Download the VicEmergency App.
  • Road closures: check VicRoads website.
  • Check weather conditions and your fire risk before leaving home as you may not have mobile phone reception across regional Victoria.
  • Check which parks and picnic areas are regularly closed when the forecast Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.

After the fire

When an area has been affected by fires, the reasons for closure may include:

  • hazardous trees, limbs and fallen timber
  • damaged tracks, bridges, signs, recreation sites and other facilities
  • unstable soils and/or stream crossings
  • presence of hazardous materials or substances.

Once recreation sites and tracks have been accessed, risks removed and necessary facilities rebuilt, they are reopened to the public.

The Change of Conditions section on individual park pages is regularly updated to reflect the most current conditions. Please check individual park pages for closure information.

Page last updated: 13 Dec 2017 10.03 am