GIPPSLAND residents have slammed the level of information they are getting on the huge fire burning in the district.
There are claims of emergency management authorities websites being out of date, internet towers being shut down and fire maps not being updated.Licola resident Ralf Barraclough said the fire maps from the Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire which is threatening his township were not up to date.
"These maps we are getting on Aberfeldy fire are not as good as what they should be," Mr Barraclough said.
He said he went to investigate the state of the huge fire himself and was shocked by what he saw.
"That's why I went out to Avon Wilderness area," he said.
"I have never seen anything half as bad as what I saw from yesterday's trip.
"I've never been in a more dangerous situation."
A State Control Centre spokeswoman defended the mapping system.
"We have a plane conduct a line scan every 12 hours, depending on weather conditions and if it is safe to do so."
"We have a plane currently doing a scan, which is the second for today."
She said the information was then transferred to a mapping department and updated as quickly as possible.
Tinamba dairy farmer Peter Gault said his internet provider shut down a local tower which left him with local radio the only source of information.
"My best information comes off the internet but it's all very well until my service provider shut down my tower," Mr Gault said.
"They cut it out on the Thursday . . . the night of the Seaton fire . . . and there wasn’t any information except from ABC radio."
He also criticised the fire maps on the Country Fire Authority and Department of Sustainability and Environment's website, which seemed to take a long time to be updated.
"The mapping at the moment is atrocious . . . You couldn't rely on that information," Mr Gault said.
He said the CFA fire application was also useless as his mobile reception was poor.
Mr Gault said he knew of farmers from other areas who had stock agisted in the fire-threatened areas making the information updated essential for people across the state.
"It's not just local people that need the news, it for the broader community," Mr Gault said.
Glenmaggie cattle producer Brian Higgins who lost all but 24 ha of his 153 ha property said the flow of information from authorities could be much better.
"You make phone calls and figure out where (the fire) it at," Mr Higgins said.