Fire affected parks

Last updated: 10:50 am 17 January 2020

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Parks and forests affected by current fires

If you can leave, you must leave 

For a list of State Forest closures, visit the DELWP website.

For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Alpine National Park, Avon Wilderness Park and Grant Historic Area

Alpine National Park, Avon Wilderness Park and Grant Historic Area are closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Buchan Caves Reserve

Buchan Caves Reserve is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Budj Bim National Park

Budj Bim National Park is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Cobboboonee National Park

Due to fire, the following areas in the northern section of Cobboboonee National Park are closed: Jackass Fern Gully campground; Wrights campground; Fitzroy Hike-in camping area; and Great South West Walk between Cobboboonee Road and Heath Road. 

Crawford River Regional Park

Crawford River Regional Park is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong National Park is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

East Gippsland

Alfred National Park, Arte River Flora Reserve.

Backwater Morass Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Bairnsdale Flora Reserve, Bald Hills Road Bushland Reserve, Bancroft Bay - Kalimna Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Baxter Island Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Bemm River Coastal Reserve, Bemm River Water Frontage, Bemm River Scenic Reserve, Bendoc Nature Conservation Reserve, Bengworden Nature Conservation Reserve, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary, Bidwell Education Area, Blond Bay Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Blond Bay Wildlife Reserve, Boggy Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Bonanza Gully Historic Reserve, Brodribb Flora Reserve, Brodribb River Flora and Fauna Reserve, Buchan (AT) Cave Reserve, Buchan Bushland Reserve, Buchan River Water Frontage, Bumberrah Bushland Reserve.

Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, Cann River Bushland Reserve, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cape Howe Marine National Park, Cassilis Historic Area, Cobon Nature Conservation Reserve, Cobungra Bushland Reserve, Cobungra Streamside Reserve, Colquhoun Regional Park, Combienbar River Nature Conservation Reserve, Coopracambra National Park, Croajingolong National Park, Cutfinger Education Area.

Dartmouth Reservoir, Dawson-Murrindal Nature Conservation Reserve, Deddick River Water Frontage, Deddick River Streamside Reserve, Delegate Hill, Delegate River Streamside Reserve, Detarka Bushland Reserve, Dicksons Cave Reserve.

Eagle Point Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Errinundra National Park, Errinudra Reserve, Ewing Morass Wildlife Reserve.

Fairy Dell Flora Reserve, First and Second Islands Flora Reserve, Flannagan Island Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Fraser Island Gippsland Lakes Reserve.

Genoa River Water Frontage, Gippsland Lake Reserve, Gippsland Lakes Foreshore Reserve, Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Golden Gully Machinery Site Historic Reserve, Goodwin Creek Bushland Reserve, Goon Nure Conservation Reserve, Green Hills Nature Conservation Reserve.

Jones Bay Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Jones Bay Wildlife Reserve.

Kanni Flora Reserve

Lake Corringle Wildlife Reserve, Lake Curlip Wildlife Reserve, Lake Dartmouth, Lake Tyers, Lake Tyers State Park, Lakes Entrance - Lake Tyers Coastal Reserve, Lakes Entrance Foreshore – North Arm, Lind National Park, Little Bog Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve, Livingstone Creek Water Frontage, Livingstone Creek Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Lower Cann River Nature Conservation Reserve, Lower Errinundra Nature Conservation Reserve.

Macfarlane Lookout Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Macleod Morass Wildlife Reserve, Mallacoota Bushland Reserve, Mallacoota Coastal Reserve, Mallacoota Inlet, Maramingo Creek Flora Reserve, Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve, Marlo Coastal Reserve, Martins Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Martins Creek Scenic Reserve, Melwood Education Area, Metung Bushland Reserve, Mississippi Creek Water Frontage, Mitchell River National Park, Mitchell River Silt Jetties Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Mitchell River water reserve Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Mitta Mitta River Water Frontage, Moormurng Flora and Fauna Reserve, Morass Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve, Mossiface Bushland Reserve, Mottle Range Flora Reserve, Mount Bendock Bushland Reserve, Mount Delegate Scenic Reserve, Mount Elizabeth Nature

Conservation Reserve, Mount Murphy Historic Area, Mount Raymond Regional Park, Mount Stewart Nature Conservation Reserve, Mount Stewart Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Mount Wills Historic Area, Murrindal & Lilly Pilly Cave Reserve, Murrindal Flora Reserve, Murrindal River Water Frontage.

Nicholson Floodplain Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Nungurner Bushland Reserve.

Omeo Bushland Reserve, Omeo Swimming Pool & Camping Area, Oriental Claims Historic Area.

Point Fullarton Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Point Hicks Marine National Park, Pound Swamp Bairnsdale Reserve, Providence Ponds Flora and Fauna Reserve, Pyramid Creek And Bemm River Water Frontage.

Reserved Forest, Rigby Island Gippsland Lakes Reserve.

Salt Lake - Backwater Morass Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Saplings Morass Flora and Fauna Reserve, Sardine Creek Education Area, Sarsfield Bushland Reserve, Serpentine Creek Education Area, Sinnotts, Slaughterhouse Creek Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Snowy River Water Frontage, Snowy River National Park, St George Plain Flora Reserve, Steel Bay - Newland Backwater Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Sunnyside Education Area, Swan Reach Bay Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Swifts Creek Water Frontage.

Tambo Bushland Reserve, Tambo Delta - Metung Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Tambo floodplain Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Tambo River Water Frontage, Tara Range Park, Terlite-Munjie Bushland Reserve, The Billabong Flora and Fauna Reserve, The Gap Scenic Reserve, The Glen Flora Reserve, The Lakes National Park, The Pyramids Cave Reserve, Thirty-Two Mile Nature Conservation Reserve, Timbarra River Water Frontage, Timbarra River South Nature Conservation Reserve, Tonghi Creek Streamside Reserve, Tongio Bushland Reserve.

Victoria Falls Historic Area, Victoria Star Mine Historic Reserve.

W Tree Falls Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Wallagaraugh River Streamside Reserve, Wattle Point Gippsland Lakes Reserve, Wf - Bemm River Water Frontage, Wf - Pyramid Creek Water Frontage, William Hunter Flora Reserve, Wingan River West Nature Conservation Reserve, Wiseleigh Bushland Reserve, Wombat Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Wood Point Flora Reserve, Wulgulmerang Creek Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I17 Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I18 Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I19 Bushland Reserve.

Errinundra National Park

Errinundra National Park is closed due to active fires in the area and the closure of major road access points. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park and The Lakes National Park

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (except for the coastal strip west of and including Paradise Beach) and The Lakes National Park are closed due to fire activity in the area.

Grampians National Park

There are fires in Grampians National Park and access may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve

Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve

Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.

Plenty Gorge Park

Due to recent fire activity, the section south of Memorial Drive is closed in Plenty Gorge Park. This will allow emergency services to continue conducting safety works including hazardous tree management in preparation for rehabilitation works. Closed areas include Yellow Gum Recreation Area, Nioka Bush Camp, Tanunda Wetlands and Janesfield South. Read the community update (PDF).

Snowy River National Park

Due to fires in the area, Snowy River National Park is closed until further notice, including all roads, walking tracks, campgrounds and day-visit sites within the park on the eastern and western side of Snowy River. The closure includes Snowy River, so visitors on kayaks and rafts travelling south from the NSW border are advised to leave the river at McKillops Bridge.  

Upper Murray River Reserves, Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and Mount Mitta Mitta Regional Park

There is an active fire located in the Upper Murray area around the township of Corryong. The fire has already impacted several parks and reserves in the area and has the potential for further impacts.

As a result of the fire, Burrowa-Pine Mountain National ParkMount Mitta Mitta Regional Park (also known as Mittamatite Regional Park), and the following campsites and parks on the Murray River are closed to members of the public until further notice: Burrowye Bend Reserve, Bullock Flat Reserve, Gadd’s Bend Reserve, Pebble Beach Reserve, Neil’s Bend Reserve, Clarke Lagoon Wildlife Reserve, Lighthouse Crossing Reserve, Indi Bridge Reserve, Bunroy Creek Reserve.


Stay informed during bushfires 

For the latest information on fires, visit 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.

  • 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.


Ongoing changes to conditions to parks affected by fire 

Some parks and sites remain closed due to fires earlier in the year. Closures are necessary while works are underway to make the areas safe for visitor access.

Bunyip State Park

Several areas of Bunyip State Park remain closed due to fire impact. Mortimer Picnic Ground and Cannibal Creek horse unloading area are now open. View the Bunyip State Park Community Update (PDF) for a map of visitor sites, walking tracks and roads currently closed to the public. Seasonal road closures in the eastern section of the park have reopened, including Western Track, Gentle Annie Track, Lawson Falls Picnic Ground, Lawson Falls Track and the Discovery Track. Tea Tree Track remains closed. 

Holey Plains State Park

Holey Plains State Park has reopened following a fire earlier this year but is currently a day visitor site only, with no camping permitted due to rehabilitation works being carried out on the campground area.



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).

 

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