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Update on Harrietville fire #1

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety, Incidents - Bushfire

  5.41 AM 23 January, 2013


Location: District 23 News, District 24 News

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Crews are continuing to work to bring a fire burning at Harrietville under control.

The fire, which was first reported earlier this week, is believed to have reignited when lightning moved through the north-east of Victoria yesterday, 23 January.

During the height of the fire an Emergency Alert was sent to hundreds of residents and visitors in and around the Mt Feathertop – Bungalow Spur area.

Emergency services safely evacuated 37 hikers from the Mt Feathertop – Razorback walking tracks via helicopter.

The fire has burnt around 850 hectares in steep, dense bushland.

While no towns are directly under threat at this stage, fire services will closely monitor the fire and work hard to build containment lines today ahead of severe fire danger tomorrow.

This will include on-ground crews and aerial support.

Residents and visitors to the area are urged to keep up-to-date with the latest conditions and warnings by visiting www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Last Updated: 23 January 2013