Between 19 December 2015 and 21 January 2016, the bushfire that became known as the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire burned 2500 ha in the Otway Ranges in the Lorne-Wye River region. By the end of 25 December, the fire had destroyed 98 houses in Wye River and 18 in Separation Creek.
The Wye River – Jamieson Track fire continued to burn for 34 days until being contained on 21 January 2016.
On 5 January 2016 the Minister for Emergency Services requested the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) report on the learnings to date from the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire.
The review was undertaken in accordance with Section 64(1)(c) of the Emergency Management Act 2013 which provides for IGEM to prepare advice and reports at the request of the minister
The objective of the review is to report on the learnings from the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire of December 2015 with the focus on documenting good practice and fostering continuous improvement.
Government released IGEM’s report of the Review of the initial response to the 2015 Wye River - Jamieson Track fire on 25 February 2016.