A man has died while fighting bushfires in East Gippsland.

The contractor for the Department of Land, Water, Planning and Environment was killed after his vehicle rolled down an embankment in Gelantipy on Saturday.

Worksafe is now investigating the death.

“Tragically one of the contractors working with us, supporting our firefighters on the fire line near the W Tree Snowy Divide Tract fire has died as a result of a car accident,” Emergency Management Victoria incident controller Peter Brick told the ABC.

“It really hits everyone hard. Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and all the workmates and colleagues.

“As you can imagine the firefighting community, including all our contractors, it’s quite a tight-knit community.

“Everyone tends to know each other in these parts.”


Fires in the area are now under control.