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High country visitors warned

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  12.30 PM 20 December, 2013

Location: District 24 News

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Fires burning close to popular high country holiday spots have prompted fire authorities to urge holiday makers travelling to the mountains to stay informed and be prepared to alter their plans.

Lightning strikes overnight have sparked a small fire in remote country on the Australian Alpine walking track around Mt Buggery and Terrible Hollow.

An advice message has been issued for the fire which is near the popular 4 wheel driving, camping and bushwalking spots of Wonnangatta, Macalister Springs, Mt Howitt and Mt Speculation.

Firefighting aircraft and DEPI crews are dealing with the fire while Parks Victoria staff are checking walking tracks.

Fire authorities are urging those intending to visit the area to delay their plans due to the lack of mobile phone and radio broadcast reception in the area.

Visitors should not expect an official bushfire warning or evacuation from a ranger.

Remote area firefighters have been dropped in to help contain a fire burning in rugged forest 12 kilometres south-southeast of Eskdale.

While there is no current threat to communities, an advice message has been issued for townships in the region.

Last Updated: 20 December 2013