Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Bushfires given all clear after heavy rain

Thursday February 28, 2013 - 14:53 EDT

Fire authorities have given the all clear on a number of fires in Victoria's east after heavy rain last night.

Mount Hotham has had more than 100 millimetres of rain in two days.

Up to 70 millimetres has fallen on the Aberfeldy fire, north of Heyfield, which has been burning for more than a month.

The incident controller at Swifts Creek, Ben Rankin, says the rain has been heavy enough to declare the Harrietville Alpine South fire contained.

"[We've had] quite enough to dampen all the fuels and take any risk to the public out of this main fire now," he said.

An all-clear was issued for a 1,000 hectare fire north of Dargo yesterday and for a smaller fire burning in the Thomson Dam catchment this morning.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) says the running edge of the fires has been extinguished by the rain and spotter planes will be in the air today looking for any remaining hotspots.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Some welcome rain on the way for central Queensland and New South Wales

12:58 EST

A somewhat unseasonal trough will form over Australia's eastern interior during the coming days, producing rain for some areas suffering from severe rainfall deficiencies.

Lake Eyre flood lures tourists to 'once-in-a-lifetime' spectacle providing outback businesses with key lifeline

12:19 EST

This year's flood event at Lake Eyre hasn't just delivered a spectacular natural wonder, it has also brought new life to Central Australia and a crucial economic boost to remote businesses.

A look to the weeks snow potential

12:13 EST

Blue skies reign over Australia's southeast at the moment, but will we see more snow soon? It's been a beautiful weekend on the slopes with mostly clear blue skies and some pretty wintry temperatures, but when is snow expected to fall again over the Australia's ski resorts? With high pressure remaining over the southeast to start the working week it will be more of the same with further glorious blue skies and temperatures cooling a touch more.