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Harrietville fire community update
10am Saturday, 2 Febuary 2013:
(View the latest warnings here)
• There will be a Community Meeting today at 3pm at the Rundall Alpine Lodge at Dinner Plain to provide an update on the current fire situation for Hotham Heights and Dinner Plain.
• The fire area increased significantly to the south/ south-east on Thursday 31 January. The clearer weather today has allowed aircraft to recommence vital reconnaissance and suppression work.
• The fire caused spotfires to occur near Hotham Heights on Thursday. These fires have been controlled and crews are continuing blacking out work around the area.
• There are several areas of fire activity on the south side.
• Weather conditions for the next few days are kinder for the fire fighting efforts - however hotter weather is expected in the latter part of the week.
• The Great Alpine Road remains closed, extensive machinery work preparing containment lines, and supporting suppression efforts means fallen trees can be a safety concern. Public safety is a key priority
• Today the primary work will be aerial bombing.
• DSE and CFA are assessing the long term options ahead of the warmer weather ahead
Current Incident Information
Depending on favourable weather conditions back burning activities are being planned in the Harrietville area and along the Great Alpine Road.
Increased smoke and flame activity may be visible during these activities. We will keep you informed when more details are known.
Crews will be continuing with asset protection, patrolling and blacking out of recently active areas, gathering intelligence on the new extent of the fire and assessing various tracks.
Aircraft will play a vital role in reconnaissance and suppression of any spotfires burning in the Mt Hotham and Razorback areas.