The Princes Highway through Gippsland is OPEN
CFA (Country Fire Authority) advise (noon February 4th) that after weeks of dedicated work by so many people we are very pleased to let everyone know that the Princes Highway is now open all the way to the NSW border!
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People travelling in the area should be aware that many roads off the Princes Highway remain closed and are unsafe for travel. This includes smaller local roads, and parks and forest tracks where hazardous tree assessments have not yet been completed.
Permits are still required for the Genoa to Mallacoota Road that are available from the DELWP Orbost office, and hazardous tree work is still continuing.
There is still smoke in areas, reducing visibility. Drivers should use their headlights on low-beam and keep a safe braking distance.
Work is still continuing along the Princes Highway in East Gippsland and drivers should obey speed restrictions and any traffic management that may be in place. Police will be patrolling and enforcing the speed restrictions. Drivers should also be aware of increased presence and movement of wildlife.
For the latest traffic information see https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Above: this map shows the extent of the Gippsland fires - like the South East this region is inviting visitors back with open arms.