Alpine fire yet to be contained

Updated 3.15pm 8/2/13

FIRE activity in the Dargo, Swifts Creek, Ensay, Cobungra and Omeo area is yet to be contained.

The fire has crossed the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham Heights.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

The Harrietville-Feathertop fire is now known are the Harrietville-Alpine fire and, for management purposes, split into north and south.

The fire is about 10,210 hectares in size.

The area of the Great Alpine Road, Dargo High Plains Road, including Hotham Heights, Dinner Plan and the Wongungarra River north of Dargo is unsafe to enter with people in the area urged to leave immediately.

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

The township of Dargo is open for business.

The Alpine National Park, south and east of Harrietville, including Mt Hotham, and north of Dargo is currently closed. Surrounding areas of State Forest have also been closed.

There will be an increase in emergency vehicle traffic.

The public has been advised to remain vigilant.

Residents have been advised to check their bushfire survival plan. Those without a plan are to decide what they would do if the situation changed.

People experiencing any symptoms which may be due to smoke exposure are to seek medical advice or phone Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

For life or property threatening situations phone 000.

For general bushfire information phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 240 667 or visit