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Major back burning at Harrietville

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  2.07 PM 3 February, 2013


Location: General

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Fire fighters are preparing to ignite a 300 hectare back burn near Harrietville tonight to provide greater protection for the township.

Harrietville-Feathertop Fire Incident Controller, Tony Long, said crews will monitor weather conditions today prior to making a decision to ignite the planned area.

“Back burning is planned in the Harrietville area and along the Great Alpine Road,” he said. 

“The burn area is located between Old Coach Road and the East Ovens River, south of the township, and is likely to be ignited by hand tonightwhen conditions are favourable.”

Communities around Bright, Harrietville and Mt Hotham are advised that increased smoke is likely to be visible over the next few days while the burning is completed and patrolled.

“The Harrietville back burn is a key strategy to secure this section of the fire edge.

“Both DSE and CFA crews will undertake the burn with residents in the immediate area being notified of the works.

“Back burning is undertaken to assist in the control the fire by removing fuel between the main fire and the control line. It also assists to reduce the likelihood of fire spotting.”

The Harrietville-Feathertop fire was started by lightning on Monday, January 21 and has now burnt more than 6100 hectares of the Alpine National Park.

Alpine National Park is closed east of Harrietville extending along Westons Spur Track to the Australian Alps Walking Track to Pretty Valley Track, then south to the Great Alpine Road to the boundary of the Alpine National Park and Dinner Plain State Forest. Mount Feathertop and its approaches are still closed.

For more information about forest closures visit the Parks Victoria website www.parks.vic.gov.au.

The Great Alpine Road remains closed.  Latest updates are available at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact theVictorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television. 

Information is online at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Last Updated: 03 February 2013