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Community says 'thanks' at Hotham
CFA's social media channels have received an overwhelming number of messages of thanks and encouragement as they battle the out of control Harrietville - Alpine bushfire.
More than 340 CFA and DSE firefighters have been allocated to the northern sector where they have been working since the fire broke out on 21 January.
With difficult weather conditions predicted, including a wind change later today, fire crews remain on alert.
There was increased fire activity overnight and today, with the likelihood of a continued spread of the fires due to a wind change.
Early this morning the fire impacted the perimeter of Hotham Village with spot fires working their way along the bottom of Mt Hotham.
Flame heights were in excess of eight metres and were being pushed by strong winds of up to 45 kilometres. One spot fire came within 50m of a chalet.
Firefighting strike teams, other emergency services and ski resort management staff are in the area. Asset protection is continuing and there are no reported losses.
At the southern sector, the fire is going and has spotted south towards Kings Spur Track with spots 4-5km ahead of the main fire edge.
Emergency services have been working on this fire for a number of weeks and are well prepared.
People living in areas already affected by fire should remain especially vigilant and be aware of changing weather conditions in their area.
Travellers and visitors are advised to check for the latest road at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au. The Alpine National Park and several State forests remain closed around Harrietville - check www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for details of all park and forest closures.
There is a significant amount of smoke in various parts of eastern Victoria from the Harrietville Alpine and Aberfeldy fires. If you see flames and/or solid columns of smoke you should call 000.
Stay informed through cfa.vic.gov.au and by listening to ABC Local radio, using the FireReady app, calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) or visiting an accredited visitor information centre.