MEDIA RELEASE

13 January 2020

 

Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty receives an update on the status of fires in the Upper Murray from Operations Officer Gary Dash, left, and Incident Controller Andy Miller at the CFA Incident Control Centre in Wodonga.

 

Recovery the focus during visit to CFA Incident Control Centre 

Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, visited the CFA Incident Control Centre in Wodonga today for an update on the fire situation in the Upper Murray.

Despite the ongoing active fires across the region, much of the news was positive and there is a strong focus on recovery.

“These fires will continue to cause destruction for the next couple of months, but for many areas the threat to residents is receding thanks to the efforts of firefighters and some good luck with weather,” Mr Quilty said.

“The control centre was a hive of activity, with representatives of the emergency services, ADF, VicRoads and utilities working together to organise not only the firefighting strategy, but also the recovery effort.

“A lot of work is going into getting communities back on their feet, with water and power supplies being restored and roads being opened. This is no easy task and will take time, but it is happening in an organised manner.”

Incident Controller Andy Miller explained how the work of firefighters was paying off.

“At the moment we are very happy with how the fire is going, we are opening the roads today and we are letting people back into their properties, hopefully today,” Mr Miller said.

“There are a couple of spots where there are still some active fires close to communities, but the majority of active fires are well away from communities so, if all goes well, we may have a fair bit of this fire contained pretty soon.

“The weather forecast for the next few days is pretty benign so I’m not expecting any spikes in fire activity.”

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