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Mount Kaputar set to reopen after raging bushfires

Mount Kaputar National Park will partially reopen from February 28 after a huge effort to make the park safe following a fire in October.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service Barwon area manager Marty Linehan said it was important visitors remembered the park is still recovering.

“It has been a mammoth task to not only fight, contain and mop up the fire that started by lightning last October but to also clear dangerous trees, repair walking tracks and prepare for the return of our visitors," he said.

“About half the park will be open for visitors, including the popular Dawsons Spring camping, picnic area, cabins and nature trail, the Governor, Coryah and Yulludinida walking tracks and the Summit and Doug Sky lookouts.

“While there is plenty of evidence of the fire, there are also significant areas which have not been impacted."

Mr Linehan said the recent rainfall is aiding the park’s recovery and breathing life into drought-parched streams.

"We have seen giant fungi, unfurling ferns, cycads, greater gliders and our famous giant pink slugs emerge," he added.

“We would ask people to heed all signage and stay out of burnt areas where damage to infrastructures such as burnt bridges and timber walkways and the threat of falling trees may also render some areas unsafe.

“While the park is recovering, it is even more important to stay on the path and let the damaged ecosystem repair itself.

”Visitors should also take care on gravel sections of the main access road where the recent storm cells have had an impact."


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