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Mt Hotham Resort Fire Update - 9pm

Monday 11thth February 2013

 

 

 

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

 

Conditions:       Currently;  Smokey,   Temperature: 14’c (expected max. of 17’c) 

                           Humidity:  95%, Wind:   SSE at 17 km/h with gusts to 24 km/h.

 

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

 

 

 

Harrietville – Alpine Fire Statistics:

 

                                    North             South

Fire Area:                     1628ha           8373 ha 

Fire Perimeter:              95 km            120 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 mild change has finally arrived !  -  the wind is now from south-southeast at 17 kmh.

 

Fires are still active in national park SE and NNW of the Resort.  Fires in the 'Upper Dargo Catchment', 'Morning Star Spur', below 'Baldy Hollow' - are all of concern.

 

CFA/DSE crews continue to monitor the fire activity around 'Hotham Heights' - there has been limited fire spread from spot fires and the fire front south of 'Hotham & Dinner Plain'.   Backburning has continued this afternoon along the 'Great Alpine Road' between 'Hotham & Dinner Plain Villages' - 'Aerial Drip Technology' was used for 'strip lighting'  with  hand crews lighting a 50 metre deep stretch along the road.    Hand crews also lit around the ski trail boardwalk infrastructure to protect it from damage.

 

There has been limited fire spread from spot-fires and the fire-front, south of ‘Hotham & Dinner Plain Villages’.  CFA crews continue to provide Asset protection to  both ‘Mt Hotham' & 'Dinner Plain’.   

The fires in ‘Alpine-North’ continue to burn.  An aerial FLIR Scan, undertaken today, has identified five hotspots at ‘Dimantina River’ on west boundary of the Resort - these will be managed by DSE.   Holding the ‘hot edge’ to the west of the ‘Dimantina River’  remains critical for preventing the easterly expansion of the fire and for protecting ‘Mt Hotham’ from fire from the north.   

 

In regards to 'Alpine-South fires, smoke can still be seen from the bottom of the Baldy Creek area in the 'Dargo Catchment', approx. some 3 km away from the Lodges at the end of the 'Davenport Village'. There is still fire below 'Baldy Hollow' - now the wind has shifted to the SSE, this fire has the potentially to run up the back of the 'Mt Hotham Summit'.

 

The main fronts within the 'Davenport Catchment' are expected to continue their progress and spread deeper into the 'Dargo National Park'.  The fire has run to the South and South-east, with several large spots ahead of the main fire.. 

 

The fire front in the 'Dargo Plains' closest to 'Dinner Plain' remains south of  the 'Village' and is 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 S.S.E wind change may drive the fire back toward the GAR and the 'Dinner Plain Village'.  Crews have completed significant defensive preparations, including a bull-dozer ‘control-cut’ right around the SE perimeter to protect private assets.

 

 

 

CFA/DSE Control Strategies;

 

Protect Mt Hotham Resort, Dinner Plain village and other assets from fire. 

Restrict fire from spreading north of the 'Great Alpine Road' in the 'Hotham/Dinner Plain' area and prepare for back burning  in the 'Dargo River Valley' to burn towards the 'Great Alpine Road' in the coming days.

Contain any going fire edge to the west of the Diamantina River. 

Continue construction of fallback control lines to the west of the fire. 

 

 

 

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

11 February 2013