High Country fire alert

Updated 12.30pm 1/2/13:

THE fire warning for Mount Hotham, Hotham Heights and Dinner Plain has been downgraded to “watch and act”.

People in the area had been been told it was not longer safe to evacuate because of a large, slow moving fire expected to impact the area.

The bushfire is about 5000 hectares in size and is out of control, with fire fighters working on containing spot fires at Hotham Heights.

The Great Alpine Road is closed between Harrietville and Dinner Plain. The Dargo High Plains Road is closed between Great Alpine Road and Dargo.

Telephone lines had been compromised during this emergency with people told not rely on one communication source.

With the fire in the area, people have been told to follow their bushfire survival plan.

People who plan to leave or do not have a surival plan are to leave now.

Anyone away from homes in the area should not return.

Tourists have been told to stay away from the listed areas.

People experiencing any symptoms which may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health has advised people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

For general bushfire information phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 240 667 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Listen to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or watch Sky News.

Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

For details of road closures, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

For life or property threatening emergencies phone 000.