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Parks affected by fire

Some parks currently have closures due to fire activity.

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Fire affected parks

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Parks affected by bushfire

Alpine National Park

Several areas of the Alpine National Park are closed until further notice due to a number of active fires currently burning at various locations across the park area.

See a list and map of closed areas, tracks and roads in the Alpine National Park and surrounding parks.

Please note that areas in surrounding state forest and Mt Hotham and Mt Buller Alpine resorts may be closed or inaccessible including roads, 4WD and walking tracks.

The Australian Alps Trail

The Australian Alps Trail is closed between King Billy intersection to Low Saddle Road (including Mt McDonald) until further notice due to fire activity in the area.

Avon Wilderness Park

There is a fire in the south-western area of the Avon Wilderness Park. The park is closed until further notice.

Bunyip State Park

The Bunyip State Park is closed until further notice due to bushfires active in the park.

Holey Plains State Park and Stradbroke Flora and Fauna Reserve

Holey Plains State Park and Stradbroke Flora and Fauna Reserve are closed until further notice due to fire.

Howqua Hills Historic Area

Castle Rock Walking Track, Howqua Hills Track (between Wares Flat and Steiners Road), and Lickhole Creek Track in Howqua Hills Historic Area is closed until further notice due to fire.

See a list of closed areas, tracks and roads in the Alpine National Park and surrounding parks, including Howqua Hills Historic Area.

Please note that areas in surrounding state forest and Mt Hotham and Mt Buller Alpine resorts may be closed or inaccessible including roads, 4WD and walking tracks.

Lerderderg State Park

Due to a fire in Lerderderg State Park, bushwalkers are advised not to enter walking tracks in the vicinity of Mt Blackwood. Walking tracks near the fire are the Lower Chadwick Track and McKenzie Track.

Morwell National Park

There is a fire in the southern end of Morwell National Park. The park is closed until further notice.

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park and campground has been closed due to increased fire activity.

Yarra Ranges National Park

Several areas and walking tracks in the Yarra Ranges National Park are closed due to fire activity in the area

Closures include:

  • Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
  • All tracks in the Lake Mountain Area
  • Californian Redwoods Forest area
  • Cambarville Picnic area
  • Cumberland Walking Track, Cambarville
  • Goldfield Walking Track, McMahons Creek
  • O'Shannassy Aqueduct closed at Mt Donna Buang Rd, Cement Creek Rd and Road 1, Warburton Highway
  • Mt Boobyalla Walking Track closed at Mt Donna Buang Summit, Mt Vinegar, Road 6 and Acheron Way
  • Mt Victoria Track closed at Mt Donna Buang Summit, Mt Donna Buang Rd, 10 Mile car park, O'Shannassy Aqueduct.

For more information on road closures, visit VicRoads.

Stay informed during bushfires

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

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

  • 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 a 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.

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).

Page last updated: 21 Mar 2019 12.02 pm