Another of Australia's biggest rallies is facing a bushfire threat, just two weeks after the cancellation of Rally Australia.
The three-day Alpine Rally of East Gippsland will run from Friday to Sunday this weekend, with a field of over 100 entries ready to tackle the bi-annual event.
A bushfire threat in East Gippsland has increased substantially in the past two days, but the will go ahead as planned, according to an official statement from the organising team.
"We have been working very closely with DELWP Forest Fire Management staff today to monitor the threat and ensure that we can run the Alpine Rally of East Gippsland safely for all involved.
"What was a relatively small fire NE of Bruthen has rapidly grown in size today and has impacted at least two stages of the event. We have had to cancel one stage from Friday and shorten one stage from Sunday. We are currently waiting on an update from DELWP tomorrow morning as to the viability of another two Sunday stages.
"At this point in time there is currently no threat at all to the Saturday stages and we are hoping to keep 2 of the 3 Friday forest stages as well as the Bairnsdale Speedway. The Sunday stages are not assured yet but DELWP staff are hopeful we can retain up to half of them.
"We really appreciate all the efforts of DELWP and their Forest Fire Management crew and firefighters. We wish them all the best of luck in safely getting on top of this fire tonight and tomorrow."
An Alpine Rally preview will appear on RallySport Magazine soon.
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