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Harrietville fire smoke warning
Active fires and back burning at Harrietville have prompted a smoke warning to communities in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys.
The fire, which has burnt more than 15,000 hectares, is still out of control but not currently threatening lives or property, however smoke is expected to cover several areas in North East Victoria until the end of the week.
Harrietville-Alpine North Incident Controller Tony Lovick said there is still a Watch & Act message in place for Harrietville because of the back burning operations being undertaken to the south of the township and the extensive amount of smoke coverage.
“The community needs to be aware there is fire activity in their area and while it’s not heading towards homes at this stage, conditions can change quickly so people need to be alert and prepared,” he said.
“Crews had a very successful night of back burning which will continue from
“Further back burning operations have continued today to secure the northern and western flanks of the fire.
“Weather permitting, back burning will be our focus for the rest of this week to consolidate those containment lines.”
People are advised to drive carefully in smoke affected areas and use headlights when possible.
If anyone is suffering from smoke, asthma or other respiratory conditions, please visit the Department of Human Services website, call Nurse-on-call on 1300 60 60 24 or call Triple Zero for emergencies.
The Alpine National Park and State forests remain closed around Harrietville. Check the Parks Vic website for closures.