Fire affected parks
Last updated: 4:30 pm 24 January 2020
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Parks and forests affected by current fires
For a list of State Forest closures, visit the DELWP website.
For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au
For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Alpine National Park
The Alpine National Park remains closed, with the exception of the following areas:
Wellington River camping area
Mount Feathertop (between the Great Alpine Road to Mount Hotham and the Alpine Walking Track from Mount Hotham to the Cobungra River)
Areas that are now open in this precinct include:
- Mount Feathertop
- Razorback Ridge
- Bon Accord Spur, Bungalow Spur and North-West Spur
- Diamantina Horse Yards
- Dibbins Hut
- The Alpine Walking Trail between Mount Hotham and Pole 333
Areas that remain closed in this area include:
- Brandy Creek Mine
Mount Bogong and the northern Bogong High Plains (between the Alpine Walking Track to Pole 333, Fainter Fire Trail to Pretty Valley Pondage, the southern edge of Rocky Valley Storage to Watchbed Creek, the big River Fire Trail to Big River, and Big River to the Omeo Highway)
Areas that are now open in this precinct include:
- Falls Creek Alpine Resort
- Mount Bogong
- Blairs Hut, Tawonga Huts, Edmondson Hut
- Pretty Valley Pondage
- Rocky Valley Storage
- Heathy Spur
- Watchbed Creek
- Mount Spione Kopje
Areas that remain closed in this precinct include:
- Wallace’s Hut, Kelly Hut, Fitzgerald Hut, Johnson’s Hut, Cope Hut
- Mount Cope
- Ryder’s Yards
- Rover Chalet
- Track 107
Powers Lookout and Paradise Falls
Areas that remain closed within this precinct include:
- Lake Cobbler
- Sandy Flat and Top Crossing
Area west of Lake Dartmouth
All other areas of the Alpine National Park including roads and tracks remain closed until further notice.
Refer to the map (PDF) for more detail on areas that are open and those that remain closed.
Visitors to all parks and reserves that are adjacent to or nearby areas affected by fire should be mindful of potential water quality issues as a result of the fire event.
Avon Wilderness Park and Grant Historic Area
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.
Alfred National Park, Arte River Flora Reserve
Bald Hills Road Bushland Reserve, Bemm River Coastal Reserve, Bemm River Water Frontage, Bemm River Scenic Reserve, Bendoc Nature Conservation Reserve, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary, Bidwell Education Area, 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
Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, Cann River Bushland Reserve, Cape Conran Coastal Park (partial), 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
Errinundra National Park, Errinudra Reserve, Ewing Morass Wildlife Reserve
Fairy Dell Flora Reserve, First and Second Islands Flora Reserve
Genoa River Water Frontage, Golden Gully Machinery Site Historic Reserve, Goodwin Creek Bushland Reserve, Green Hills Nature Conservation Reserve
Kanni Flora Reserve
Lake Corringle Wildlife Reserve, Lake Dartmouth, 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, Mallacoota Bushland Reserve, Mallacoota Coastal Reserve, Mallacoota Inlet, Maramingo Creek Flora Reserve, Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve, Martins Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Martins Creek Scenic Reserve, Melwood Education Area, Mississippi Creek Water Frontage, Mitchell River National Park, Mitta Mitta River Water Frontage, 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
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, Pyramid Creek And Bemm River Water Frontage
Saplings Morass Flora and Fauna Reserve, Sardine Creek Education Area, Sarsfield Bushland Reserve, Serpentine Creek Education Area, Sinnotts, Snowy River Water Frontage, Snowy River National Park, St George Plain Flora Reserve, Sunnyside Education Area, Swifts Creek Water Frontage
Tambo Bushland Reserve, 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, 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.
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.
Murray River Reserves (Upper Murray section), 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 Park, Mount Mitta Mitta Regional Park (also known as Mittamatite Regional Park), and the following campsites on the Murray River are closed to members of the public until further notice: Bullock Flat, Gadd’s Bend, Pebble Beach, Indi Bridge and Bunroy Creek.
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 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).