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All parks and forests in the Wimmera closed tomorrow

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10 Jan 2010
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a CODE RED (Catastrophic) fire danger rating in the Wimmera tomorrow, Monday 11 January 2010

Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) advises that all national and state parks and forests in the Wimmera district will be closed tomorrow in the interest of public safety.

“Many of our parks are large, open landscapes surrounding roads and towns, so access cannot be prevented. We can only stress the intense level of fire risk in these bushland areas and close visitor sites wherever possible,” said Parks Victoria CEO Mark Stone.

Those who are already in a park or forest area are advised the safest option is to leave tonight or early tomorrow morning. Bushfires which start on a day of CODE RED Fire Danger Rating may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and move quickly.

“Bushfire safety is everyone’s responsibility. We ask all Victorians to be aware of the safety issues during the fire season and include any holidays or travel in their bushfire survival plans.”

Park closures:

- Ararat Hills Regional Park

- Black Range Reserve

- Black Range State Park

- Campbells Bridge Reserve

- Cherrypool Reserve

- Deep Lead Nature Conservation Reserve

- Grampians National Park

- Jane Duff Reserve

- Kiata Flora & Fauna Reserve

- Lake Hindmarsh Reserve

- Lake Ratzcastle Reserve

- Langi Ghiran State Park

- Little Desert National Park

- Mooree Historic Area

- Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

- Mount Talbot Reserve

- Percydale Historic Area

- St Arnaud Range National Park

 

For information on visiting and camping in Victoria's parks call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

For bushfire updates

· Tune into emergency broadcasters: ABC and commercial radio stations and SKY NewsTV

  • Ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667
Visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or the Department of Sustainability and Environment website at www.dse.vic.gov.au

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