‘Tis the season and all…..
Along with some fairly major fires in the Grampians over the last two weeks, it was further topped off by 100mm of rain in some areas of the Grampians. The North Grampians with its fragile and fire damaged environment didn’t fare so well with the flooding and consequently there are some closures around the Mt Zero Road due to this rainfall.
Please take note of the road closures as well as the climbing area closures that are noted in the PV update I received. In short:
Black Range State Park closed due to fire. No climbing
Mt Talbot Bushland reserve closed due to fire. No climbing
Please see the following closures for Mt Zero Road due to flood damage
- Flat Rock intersection to Roses Gap Road
- Roses Gap Road to Heatherlie Quarry
This closure will be in place until the area dries out and machinery and crews can enter the area to repair the damage.
Parks Victoria Fire and Rainfall Event update 13/1/14
Late last week the Rocklands -Rees Rd Fire impacted on a large area within the Black Range State Park (west of the Grampians) and the Mt Talbot Bushland reserve north of the Black Range. The fire has now been contained and heavy rainfall has assisted with this. Fire crews will continue to work in the area as fire response moves into fire recovery. Unfortunately the fire impacted on walking tracks, picnic areas and climbing sites in the Black Range and at Mt Talbot. There will be temporary closures in place for the next few months while fire lines are rehabilitated and recovery works are undertaken.
On January 13 areas within the Grampians received nearly 100mm of rain. This caused widespread damage to roads and walking tracks, particularly within the fire affected are of the Northern Grampians. Parks Victoria will be working to assess the damage and undertake repair works over the coming months. Fire closures remain in place but there are new temporary road and visitor site closures along the Mt Zero Road, between Flat Rock Road, Roses Gap and Heatherlie Quarry.
These new closures in the Northern Grampians will have an impact on the Summer Day Valley Pilot reopening trial for LTO’s. For the time being there will be a temporary suspension of the trial until assessments have been done and repair works undertaken.
Black Hill Bushland Reserve
Please note the the Black Hill Bushland Reserve is still currently closed due to the fires. I hope to have more information on this soon.