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Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 5pm

Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 5pm

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;  Mild and Clear with no visible smoke,   Temperature: 14’c (expected max. of 19’c)
                           Humidity:  50%, Wind:  NW at 15 km/h with gusts to 25 km/h.
Road Status: ¬†¬†¬†¬†Both Approaches Closed ‚Äď Emergency & Essential Service Vehicle Access Only.
Current Status:
The ‚ÄėHarrietville ‚Äď Alpine North Fires‚Äô remains classified as ‚Äėgoing‚Äô and continuing to spread.¬†

Humidity stands at 50% with winds at 15km/h, gusting to 25 km/h from the NW.  Possible thunderstorms (with possible lightning) are forecast for the general area overnight.

Smoke is still visible to the west of the Resort.  Currently there is no immediate fire treat to Mt Hotham Village.  

Spotfires as a result of last nights lighting strikes in the Swifts Creek area, are still going.  Fire activity at 'Mayford', 'Table Top Mountain', 'Kings Spur' and 'Blue Rag Range'. Fire on 'Blue Rag' sector is of most concern to the agencies. 


There is an active fire edge around 'Dinner Plain Sector', however the closest fires are approx. 65km to the south. of the 'Dinner Plain Village'.   Further back burning in the area around Nelson’s creek, Harrietville and the Buckland Valley were undertaken today.


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'.


·         Prevent fire moving north of the 'Great Alpine Track'

·         Prevent fire moving east from 'Dinner Plain Track'

·         Prevent fire moving south of 'Mayford Spur' into unburnt terrain.

Ground Crews and aircraft will be redeployed to new fire starts as circumstances dictate.


Nissan 'Beyond Hotham' Cancelation;

The bushfires over the past 4 weeks has affected well over 10,000 hectares in the surrounding area of Mount Hotham.   Despite all best efforts, the organisers have been unable to postpone the 4WD event and all track/route alternatives, outside the fire zone, have proved impractical.  So with great regret and despite this years event booking being the highest ever, the organisers  have decided to cancel 'Beyond Hotham 2013'.  The organisers hope all booked for 2103 will join them for an even more interesting event in 2014.  


For more information:



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 ‚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 ringing the MHARMB Office on 03 5759 3550 or emailing;


Andrew Lean
Media Liaison ‚Äď MHARMB

19 February 2013