Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Wilson’s Promontory will be closed “until further notice”.

The devastating fires that have ripped through Victoria’s east has seen thousands of people evacuated and a number of homes and businesses lost. 

The fires’ impacts will also be felt this long weekend after Andrews announced that Wilsons Prom, which was evacuated on Saturday, will remain so until further notice and anyone with plans to head down there this long weekend will need to make other arrangements. 

In a statement released on his Facebook page, Andrews also paid tribute to the emergency services and warned about the current dangerous position:

“Quick update on what’s happening in Gippsland: 

Emergency crews are still battling a number of major fires. Several homes have been lost, and thousands of people have been evacuated. 

The fire danger rating remains ‘very high’ across the east of the state – and ‘high’ everywhere else. Please respect fire bans where you see signs. If you’re unsure, don’t take the risk. 

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Conditions can change fast, so if you live anywhere near the area, please comply with any requests from emergency teams. Stay tuned to Vic Emergency for live updates.

A number of roads remain closed in fire-affected areas, including the Princes Freeway. Check theVicRoads website before leaving home. 

Wilsons Prom was evacuated on Saturday and will remain closed until further notice. If you were heading down this long weekend, you’ll need to change your plans.

We’re very grateful for the support we’re getting from interstate. ACT and NSW have provided aircraft and crews, and we have requested personnel from NSW, QLD and SA.

More than 2,000 firefighters have been working around the clock, putting their lives on the line to get this situation under control. 

We’ve seen their skill, professionalism and bravery on display. Hour after hour. Day after day. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

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To all our emergency workers, on behalf of a grateful state – thank you.”