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Mt Hotham Resort Fire Update - 12pm

Mt Hotham Resort Fire Update - 12pm

Wednesday 13thth February 2013

 

 

 

 

Harrietville  – Alpine Fire Statistics:

 

                                     North             South

Fire Area:                     17800ha         10369 ha 

Fire Perimeter:              95 km            120 km

Control Lines built:      208 km          385 km

Line to be built:            10 km            201 km

Potential Spread:          High              High

 

 

 

 Photo: Precision CFA Weather Station on 'Summit' 

 

 

 

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

 

Conditions:       Currently;  Smokey,   Temperature: 16’c (expected max. of 17’c) 

                           Humidity:  60%, Wind:  WNW at 17 km/h with gusts to 22 km/h.

 

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

 

 

 

Current Status:

 

THERE HAS BEEN NO DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR INFRASTUCTURE

 

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

 

The foggy conditions overnight have assisted in keeping the main fire fronts subdued.  Conditions at 'Mt Hotham Village' are smokey with variable winds currently from the WNW at 16 kmh.  Humidity has been falling and is currently 60%.

 

Fires continue to be active both South and North of the 'Mt Hotham Village' - to the North, an active fire remains west of the Great Alpine Road in the area known as 'Baldy Hollow', to the South, there are several fires;  below 'Slatey Carpark, to the South, and near 'No Name River' in the 'Dargo Catchment'.  A fire is located on the opposite spur to the southern end of 'Davenport Village', in an area known to locals as the 'Map of Tasmania' (but one of its more respectable names)  - continues to burn and is inaccessible and uncontrolled. 

 

The 'No Name Creek'  fire is a significant and an ongoing threat to the 'Davenport Village' and 'Sewerage Treatment Plant'.  Late yesterday and into the evening CFA/DSE undertook the planned 'burn' from the 'Sewerage Treatment Plant', to 'Slatey Cutting', so as to provide a barrier should the fires in the 'Dargo Catchment' move back toward 'Hotham Resort'.   Overall, the burn was successful, however in some spots it failed to burn as far 'down' as desired.  Crews will continue to try and extend the width of the burn where it is deemed insufficient.

 

A further small 'tidy-up burn' is being undertaken within the 'Davenport Village' in the area of 'Gravbrott, Nindenthana and Ettamogah Lodges' - this will assist in managing the fire should it move into the heavily wooded valley between 'Peninsula and Vagabond Lodges' at SE end of the 'Davenport Village'.

 

The main fronts within the 'Davenport Catchment' are expected to continue their progress and spread within the 'Dargo National Park'.  The fire has run to the South and South-east, with several large spots ahead of the main fire.   Crews have completed significant defensive preparations, including a bull-dozer ‘control-cut’ right around the SE perimeter to protect private assets.  The wind, currently from the East, is subduing the easterly progress  - at this stage, we are advised the fire front has not moved significantly toward 'Dinner Plain Village' nor is 'Dinner Plain' experiencing any aerial ember attacks.  This situation may change should the wind move to south with any strength…......consequently, CFA are monitoring and maintaining crew and equipment in the 'Dinner Plain' area.

 

As a result of the progress of the main fires further into the 'Dargo', 'Incident Control' responsibility for 'Mt Hotham' and 'Dinner Plain' have been transferred from the 'Ovens ICC' (Incident Control Centre) to the 'Swifts Creek ICC' - located in the Omeo Valley.

 

 

 

CFA/DSE Control Strategies;

 

Continue to monitor and protect 'Mt Hotham Resort', 'Dinner Plain Village' and other Assets from fire.

Maintain and extend fire Control Lines South and South-west of 'Harrietville' along the 'West Ovens Track' , 'New Link Track' and 'Albion Track' to link with the Western Division strategy.

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


Contain any 'going' fire edge to the west of the 'Diamantina River'. (Note; post an aerial survey yesterday undertaken by MHARMB, this fire is believed to be extinguished) 

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

 

Plan to round up 'Pheasant Creek' and 'Link Creek Track' spot-overs with dozer and by hand.

 

 

 

Village Access:

 

Both roads to the 'Hotham Village' are closed under direction of the 'Incident Control Coordinator' in 'Swifts Creek'.  The GAR to Harrietville Road is designated as ‘Class A’ closure – strictly no access (due to the high risk of burnt 2003-fire-killed Alpine Ash above the road falling down onto the road).    The GAR from Dinner Plain – Hotham Heights is designated ‘Class B’ closure - for Emergency Fire and Essential Services use only.  Both approaches are expected to remain close for several weeks.

 

 

 

 

Further information can be obtained by ringing the MHARMB Office on 03 5759 3550 or emailing mhar@mthotham.com.au 

 

 

Andrew Lean

Media Liaison – MHARMB

13 February 2013