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Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Update - 4pm

Wednesday 27th February 2013 
 
Harrietville ¬†‚Äď Alpine Fire Statistics:
 
                                       North             South
Fire Area:                       22000ha         14437 ha  
Fire Perimeter:                120 km          204 km
Control Lines built:        210 km           420 km
Line to be built:              2 km               14 km
Potential Spread:            High               High

 
 
Resort Threat: ¬†Low ‚Äď NO current fire threat to Mt Hotham Village. ¬†
 
Conditions:       Rain and Mild.  Temperature: 13’c,   Humidity:  99%,
                           Wind: NNW at 21 km/h with gusts to 34 km/h.
 
Road Status:     Omeo Approach - 'Open to 'Hotham Village'.

                           Harrietville Approach - remains 'Closed'.    Due to significant rain events, the 'Great Alpine Road' between Harrietville And Mt Hotham has been subject to major landslips in the fire effected areas.  The landslips have blocked entire sections of the road - both lanes.  Assessment by Vic Roads is underway and clearing work has commenced.  Estimated re-opening remains unknown.
 
 
 
CURRENT FIRE SITUATION

No significant fire activity, rain overnight and forecast for today. No private assets at risk.

Rainfall reports from 'Mt Hotham' of ~22mm late yesterday and overnight and 7mm at Dargo High Plains Rd / Kings Spur Track.

First attack crews at Swifts Work Centre for potential new lightning strikes.

Crews inspecting 'Blue Rag Range Track' to patrol and black out back burn completed yesterday to 'Wongungarra River' - if access is possible on wet tracks.

'Birregun' Fallback Sector - Majority of plant withdrawn from line due to wet tracks and completion of tasks.

Aerial reconnaissance to be completed today of lightning-affected areas in last 1-2 days.

CONTROL STRATEGY

Indirect attack using back burning from control lines.

 
 
Further information can be obtained by ringing the MHARMB Office on 03 57593550 or emailing;  mhar@mthotham.com.au

 

 
Andrew Lean
Media Liaison ‚Äď MHARMB

27 February 2013