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Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 7pm

Mt Hotham Resort Fires Update - 7pm

Wednesday 20th February 2013
Harrietville ¬†‚Äď Alpine Fire Statistics:
                                       North             South
Fire Area:                       16756ha         14601 ha  
Fire Perimeter:                120 km          270 km
Control Lines built:        210 km           414 km
Line to be built:              10 km             20 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,   Temperature: 15’c  
                           Humidity:  95%, Wind: SE at 24 km/h with gusts to 32 km/h.
Road Status: ¬†¬†¬†¬†Both Approaches Closed ‚Äď Emergency & Essential Service Vehicle Access Only.
Current Status:
The ‚ÄėHarrietville ‚Äď Alpine South Fires‚Äô remains classified as ‚Äėgoing‚Äô, but the fire perimeter has only increased by approx. 1 km over the last day.

Overnight the wind shifted to the SE, Increasing to a current 24 km/h, gusting to 32 km/h and  increasing humidity at 80%.    There remains no immediate fire threat to Mt Hotham Village.  

The fire edge in 'Dinner Plain Sector' of the 'Dargo High Plains' remained mild overnight, with the closest fires approx.6 km to the south-west of the 'Dinner Plain Village'.    The wind from the SE  is currently driving the closest fire-edge back on itself - away from 'Dinner Plain'.  The wind is expected to remain in the  South-east / East for the remainder of the week.


Crews have completed significant defensive preparations around 'Dinner Plain Village', including a bull-dozer ‚Äėcontrol-cut‚Äô right around the 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.

Continue to prepare forest tracks and fire breaks in preparation for potential impacts from approaching fire.


To contain the fire:


·         South of the area between 'Mt Selwyn', 'Hotham Heights' and the 'Great Alpine Road'.

·         West of 'Dinner Plain Track' 'Birregun Road'

·         North of 'Matheson Spur' Downey Rd 'Crooked River'

·         East of 'Tea Tree Spur Range' Road 'Mt Selwyn' Road




Nissan 'Beyond Hotham' Cancellation;

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 57593550 or emailing;


Andrew Lean
Media Liaison ‚Äď MHARMB

20 February 2013