Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 10am
Tuesday 19th February 2013
Harrietville ¬†‚Äď Alpine Fire Statistics:
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† North ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†South
Fire Area: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 16756ha ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†14568 ha ¬†
Fire Perimeter:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†120 km ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 269 km
Control Lines built:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†210 km ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 412 km
Line to be built:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†10 km ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 25 km
Potential Spread: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬† High¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†High
Resort Threat: ¬†Medium ‚Äď currently NO active fires within Resort boundaries and NO immediate fire threat to Mt Hotham Village. ¬†
Conditions: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Currently;¬†¬†Clear with increasing cloud, ¬†¬†Temperature: 14‚Äôc (expected max. of 19‚Äôc)
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Humidity: ¬†53%, Wind: ¬†NW at 22 km/h with gusts to 30 km/h.
Road Status: ¬†¬†¬†¬†Both Approaches Closed ‚Äď Emergency & Essential Service Vehicle Access Only.
THERE HAS BEEN NO DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR INFRASTUCTURE
The ‚ÄėHarrietville ‚Äď Alpine North Fires‚Äô remains classified as ‚Äėgoing‚Äô and continuing to spread.¬† Currently there Whilst activity has been subdued over the last two days, ¬†increasing wind speed, higher temperatures and reduced humidity are of concern. ¬†
Winds moved to the NW overnight, with increasing intensity, current humidity stands at 53% ¬†with wind speed at 22kmh from the NW.¬† Today's forecast is 'sunny at first' with cloud increasing and the risk of a shower or thunderstorms this afternoon.
Today fireground behaviour in the 'Dargo' was mostly quiet, except for some activity at 'Mayford', 'Table Top Mountain', 'Kings Spur' and 'Blue Rag Range'. Fire on 'Blue Rag' sector was causing most concern.¬† The closest fires are approx. 6 to10 km to the S & SE from the 'Dinner Plain Village'.¬†
The fire is backing towards the 'Wongungurra River' from the east and the 'Blue Rag Range' was bombed yesterday to suppress the run of fire.¬†
Crews have completed significant defensive preparations around 'Dinner Plain Village', including a bull-dozer ‚Äėcontrol-cut‚Äô right around the SE perimeter to protect private assets - CFA are monitoring and maintaining crews levels as circumstances dictate.
CFA/DSE Control Strategies;
Continue to monitor and protect 'Mt Hotham Resort', 'Dinner Plain Village' and other assets from fire.
Today crews ¬†patrolled 'Blue Rag Range' and 'Kings Spur' and were 'blacking out' hotspots.
The 'Dinner Plain Track' has been strengthened and 'back burnt' to 'Mayford Spur'. ¬†The 'Blue Rag Range Track' has been strengthening and completed to 'Wongungurra River'.
Ground Crews and aircraft will be redeployed to new fire starts as circumstances dictate..
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 ‚ÄėClass A‚Äô closure ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď Hotham Heights is designated ‚ÄėClass B‚Äô 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 emailing; ¬†firstname.lastname@example.org
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