As someone whose family has been directly affected by these fires, I’d like to thank you all for your prayers; once again they seem to have been answered:
Bushfire relief as milder conditions help firefighting efforts
MILDER conditions have helped Victorian firefighters keep two major bushfires from merging as leaders discuss an early warning sysytem.
Rain and cooler conditions overnight gave firefighters some respite as they continued to battle 21 fires that are still out of control.
Fears have now eased that two major fires, Gippsland’s Bunyip Ridge blaze and the Yea-Murrindindi fires to the north, may join unless protective work keeps them apart.
…Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) spokesman Stuart Ord said firefighters would take advantage of the milder weather in the next few days to continue backburning and move more equipment and fighters into the fire edges to ensure they do not join up.
"Because it’s cool, (there is) a little moisture in the air, the winds are very low, the weather conditions have been very favourable for what we have been trying to achieve,’’ he said.
In the south, some rain has fallen on the deadly Churchill-Jeeralang blaze and another burning out of control in the Wilsons Promontory National Park.
In Beechworth, firefighters were also close to keeping that fire behind containment lines, Mr Ord said.
Mr Ord said the milder weather was helping firefighters make good progress in constructing containment lines.
"The weather’s going to be reasonably cool and calm today and for the next few days.
"That’s going to help our firefight effort in terms of getting our people and equipment to the fire edge and get containment lines in,’’ he said.
Thankyou all again for your prayerful efforts.