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Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 8pm

Sunday 10 February 2013 – 8pm

  

Resort Threat:  Medium – currently NO active fires within Resort boundaries.

 

Conditions:    Currently; Smokey.  Temperature: 11’c (expected max. of 18’c) 

                        Humidity: 24% Wind:  NE at 13 km/h with gusts to 30 km/h.

 

Road Status:  Both Approaches Closed – Emergency & Essential Service Vehicles Access Only.

 

 

Harrietville – Alpine Fire Statistics:

                                    North              South

Fire Area:                     14335 ha         6523 ha 

Fire Perimeter:              95 km             101 km

Control Lines built:       208 km           10 km

Line to be built:            10 km             90 km

Potential Spread:          High               High

 

Current Status:

 

The ‘Harrietville – Alpine North and South Fires’ remain classified as ‘going’ and are continuing to spread.

THERE HAS BEEN NO DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR INFRASTUCTURE

 

The Resort has become very foggy & smokey with spasmodic falling ash - which is believed to have originated from a fire at 'The Meg' on the 'Great Alpine Road' just above Harrietville.  The wind has reduce significantly and moved to the N.E.  ahead of the S.E. change later this evening.  At this stage the falling ash is cold.

 

The CRB have relocated tankers at the ends of Davenport drive, Dargo Court and Gallows Court in the Davenport Village to monitor the area for any renewed fire activity.

 

Fires are still active in national park SE and NNW of the Resort, however the cooler termperature, higher humidity and fog is expected to dampen progress overnight.   Continuing fires in the 'Upper Dargo Catchment', 'Morning Star Spur', below 'Baldy Hollow' and out in the 'Dimantina River'  (to the north of the Resort) - are all of concern. The CFA/DSE crew will patrol the Resort overnight for any live embers and extinguish any resultant outbreaks..  

 

The main fronts within the 'Davenport Catchment' are expected to continue their progress and spread deeper  into the 'Dargo National Park' and toward the 'Dinner Plain Resort'.  The fire has run approx. 14 km to the South and South-east over the past 36 hours, with several large spots ahead of the main fire, DSE have indicated the 'control activities' are limited until the weather moderates as the fire moves through untracked terrain. 

 

The fire front in the 'Dargo Plains' closest to 'Dinner Plain' is approx. 6 km south of  the 'Village' and currently not progressing toward the village, rather running parallel to, but some 6 km to the S.W. of the Great Alpine Road in a south-easterly direction.  The anticipated S.E wind change this evening may drive the fire back toward the GAR and the 'Dinner Plain Village'.  Crews  have undertaken significant defensive preparations, including a bull-dozer control cut right around the SE perimeter to protect private assets. Ground and Air Observers are in area but smoke and fire conditions are making it difficult to get accurate information.  CRB units are being located around ‘Dinner Plain Village’, plant operations are continuing to prepare fall back lines in ‘Matheson Track’ area.

 

Two successful back burns were undertaken   The first from 'Slatey Cutting' to 'Whisky Flat' and a second from 'Dinner Plain' to 'JB Plain' - these will provide additional protection should the fire move S.E.

 

Attached is a a CFA 'Situation Map' outlining the extent of the fire as at 6am this moring plus a MHARMB 'Mt Hotham Locations Map' to assist in orietation and location identification - both are in PDF format

  

Village Access:

Both roads to the Hotham Village are closed for the foreseeable future under direction of the ICC.  The GAR to Harrietville Road is designated as ‘Class A’ closure – strictly no access.  The GAR from Dinner Plain – Hotham Heights has been downgraded and  is designated ‘Class B’ closure.  Both approaches are for Emergency Fire and Essential Services use only. 

 

The Great Alpine Road from Hotham to Harrietville is closed due to the high risk of burnt 2003-fire-killed Alpine Ash above the road falling down onto the road.  The road will be assessed by VicRoads tomorrow and plans for treatment of this risk will be determined.

 

Further information can be obtained by ringing the MHARMB Office on 03 57593550 or emailing mhar@mthotham.com.au

 

Andrew Lean

Media Liaison – MHARMB

10 February 2013