Extreme fire risk means temporary closure of Grampians Reserve

28/01/2019 3:47am

Following consultation with the Principal Rural Fire Officer, Nelson City Council is temporarily closing all tracks on the Grampians Reserve due to the extremely high fire risk.

The key risk is around the safety of people being caught on the hill should a fire break out. With the dry conditions, prevailing winds, slope and nature of the vegetation, a fire would spread uphill extremely quickly, making evacuation difficult.

Please stay out of the Grampians Reserve for your own safety. Council will advise when it is considered safe to access the area again. 

Reduce your risk

Council will be erecting signage on other well-used trails, to make users aware of the extreme fire risk. In those areas, people should use the reserve early in the morning or in the evening. Please avoid high fire risk areas in the afternoon when conditions are at their warmest.

We strongly advise users to remain in the lower areas only of the following reserves, for ease of evacuation in the case of a fire.

  • Brook Conservation Reserve
  • Maitai Water Reserve
  • Marsden Valley Reserve
  • Roding Water Reserve

Please take note of this advice for your own safety and if you see signs of smoke or fire in any reserves please call 111 immediately.