Mt Hotham Resort Management Board - Fires 2013 Update
Wednesday 6th February 2013 - 6.45pm update
Resort Threat:Â High â€“ currently NO active fires within Resort.
Conditions:Â Currently; Clear.Â Temperature: 18.5â€™c (expected max. of 20â€™c)
Humidity: 36% Wind: Due North at 20 km/h with gusts to 30 km/h.
Road Status: Both Approaches Closed â€“ Emergency Vehicle Access Only.
Important Update:Â As at 6.15pm the CFA advised â€˜that persons should leave the â€˜Dargo High Plainsâ€™ and surrounding areas â€˜North of Dargoâ€™ as the bushfire is moving into this areaâ€™.
The fire has crossed the Great Alpine Road at â€˜Corbetts Flatâ€™ and has reached the bottom-west side of Mt Smyth (near Mt St Bernard)and moving into the â€˜Dargoâ€™.Â
Fire has been reported behind the â€œOld CRB Plant Shelterâ€™.Â Other assets currently under threat; â€˜Wangarrata Ski Clubâ€™, â€˜MHRMB Ticket Boxesâ€™ and â€˜MHRMB Buckland Houseâ€™ have been Foschek protected.
Fire activity in the East Ovens River area has rapidly developed this afternoon and has run up to the Great Alpine Rd (GAR) in several locations.Â
The wind remains â€˜Due Northâ€™, abating slightly.Â Humidity continues to drop and is currently 36%
The â€˜Harrietville â€“ Mt Feathertop Fireâ€™ remains classified as â€˜goingâ€™ withÂ the active â€˜frontsâ€™ still located in the Bon Accord Track and Razorback areas threatening Mt Hotham.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday remain classified â€˜high-riskâ€™.
This afternoon fixed wing aircraft dropped fire retardant along the â€˜underground power-line ridgeâ€™ to the west of the GAR to strengthen this back-up control line. Aerial retardant is being applied to protect private structures along the GAR.Â Heli-bombing of hot-spots in the Diamantina River area has been undertaken.
The MHRMB staff continues to patrol the Resort 24/7, monitoring the Resort environs for possible ember attacks and spot-overs.Â
CFA/DSE are on call as required for asset protection at Hotham and the MHARMBâ€™s fire fighting assets are now deployed as part of the overall CFA resource allocation strategy within the resort.
The Hotham Village water Tanks at 95% capacity and the Snowmaking Dam is currently around 100% capacity which is currently being maintained by the limited Swindlers Creek flows.Â To bolster Mt Hotham water capacity, the CFA have located two large articulated water tankers in the Village Car Park.Â The CFA have installed three water refilling â€˜poolsâ€™ for water bombingÂ - two in the Village Car-park and one in Davenport Subdivision to support the water bombing activities.
The Board has completed all necessary defensive slashing and combustible rubbish removal around village buildings and assets.
Both roads to the Hotham Village are closed for the foreseeable future under direction of the ICC.Â The GAR to Harrietville Road is designated as â€˜Class A closureâ€™ â€“ strictly no access.Â The GAR from Dinner Plain â€“ Hotham Heights is now designated â€˜Class A Closureâ€™.Â Both approaches are ONLY for Emergency Fire Services use.
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