A satellite view of the fires in eastern Victoria. NASA's Terra satellite took this photo on 5th December. The red marks represent some of the larger fires that have contributed to what NASA refers to as 'a river of smoke'. According to the Department of Sustainability and Environment's web site, twelve fires of over 1000 hectares are burning out of control in the Goulburn – Ovens – Heyfield region of the highlands and Gippsland. Another 23 are burning in the same area. Firefighters have a huge number either contained or under control, including one close to Ben Cruachan.
This is the fire situation around 2.30 pm today. It's not promising.