FOUR Wheel Drive Victoria is urging off-roaders to review their touring plans this Labour Day long weekend, due to the huge number of fires that have ravaged the Vic High Country recently.
Many tracks and parks have been closed by authorities. According to the latest update from Parks Victoria – 9:56am, March 8 – the affected parks and trails closed by authorities include: several areas of the Alpine National Park (closed until at least March 12); the Australian Alps Trail; Avon Wilderness Park; Bunyip State Park; Holey Plains State Park; Stradbroke Flora and Fauna Reserve; Howqua Hills Historic Area; walking tracks at Lerderberg State Park; Mitchell River National Park; Morwell National Park; Upper Yarra Reservoir Park; and several areas of the Yarra Ranges National Park.
Parks Victoria also released a map of affected areas of the Alpine National Park closure. Seen here:
The main roads and tracks into the Alpine National Park and Gippsland areas that will be closed are: Tamboritha Road; Howitt Road; Marathon Road; Moroka Road; King Billy track (access from Mansfield); Riley Track (access from Myrtleford); Wonnangatta Track; McMillans Road; and Dargo High Plains Road.
Fire-affected tracks and parks typically remain closed after the fire has subsided for a number of reasons: hazardous trees and fallen timber; damaged tracks, bridges, signs and facilities; unstable soils and stream crossings; and the presence of hazardous materials.
“Once recreation sites and tracks have been accessed, risks removed and necessary facilities rebuilt, they are reopened to the public,” Parks Victoria says on its website.
For the latest fire information, go to: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
For a full list of up-to-date closures, head here: parkweb.vic.gov.au