PREDICTED northerly winds on Wednesday will test crews and control lines at the Crooked River and McCarthy Spur fires in the Alpine National Park.
Incident controller Peter West said the fires were 911 and 126 hectares in size, with perimeters of 16 and six kilometres respectively.
“Fresh crews are on line this morning preparing to strengthen existing control lines and construct more lines to get breaks right around these fires.
“We’ll have air support from a large air tanker again today, plus fixed wing bombers and helicopters.
“We’re confident that we will be able to get a break around the smaller fire at McCarthy Spur, possibly by later today, depending on weather conditions. That is our priority today.
“The larger fire will take longer, but we will use direct attack with machines and aircraft to hold it, particularly on the eastern side, where fire activity has been increasing.”
There will be a community meeting at 10.30am on Thursday, March 16, at the Dargo Hall.
“Smoke will be visible from local communities and roads, and further afield, depending on prevailing winds and smoke drift,” Mr West said.
“Local roads and tracks remain closed to the public while the control lines are being constructed and people are advised not to enter any forest or park areas in the vicinity of these fires and to be alert to firefighting vehicles and personnel on other roads in the Dargo area.”
Information about track and campground closures is on www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.
Up-to-date details of road and track closures are on www.emergency.vic.gov.au and the VicEmergency app, or by phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.