Alpine fire not under control

Updated 11.20am 14/2/13:

THERE was little fire activity overnight on the Harrietville–Alpine fire because of heavy rainfall late yesterday afternoon.

The fire has burned 30,100 hectares of public and private land.

The Harrietville-Alpine South fire is not yet under control.

Communities will see an increase in smoke today due to low cloud cover.

Conditions permitting, backburning operations are continuing today along the southern edge of the Great Alpine Rd from the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort entrance, between Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham resorts, down to Dinner Plain Track. As a result, fire activity and smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

There will be an increase in aircraft and emergency vehicle activity.

The public has been advised to remain vigilant.

The Great Alpine Road remains closed from the Mt Hotham Airport through to Harrietville.  The Dargo High Plains is closed from Upper Dargo Rd through to the Great Alpine Rd.

Aberfeldy fire being controlled

CONTINUING weather conditions are helping suppression activities for Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire, however warmer conditions are expected over the weekend.

THE Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burnt through about 83,097 hectares. The bushfire is being controlled.

The principle aim of crews remains to complete control lines and complete burning around the Licola Valley to protect private property.

Control lines are being constructed along both sides of the Licola Valley to the east and west of Licola.

Crews will continue to use back burning and machinery to complete control lines

Crews are also patrolling on the south end of South Rd, near Mt Useful where back burning operations have been undertaken. The fire in this area remains active.

Residents of Licola and surrounding areas including Glenfalloch, Glencairn and Woolangarra may see active fire and considerable smoke today. Residents are advised to remain vigilant.

Much of the remaining fireground is quiet and patrols continue to monitor, black out and mop up the fire.

DSE and CFA crews will increase their presence in Licola over the coming days.

Heyfield-Licola Rd remains close to the north at the junction with Kellehers Rd.

Jamieson-Licola Rd is closed at Kevington just south of Jamieson, allowing residents access only.

Local road users in the area should proceed with caution and watch for fire fighting vehicles and machinery.

The Heyfield-Licola Rd remains closed to the north at the junction with Kellehers Rd, allowing only essential and emergency services vehicles to pass.

The Jamieson-Licola Rd is closed to the south at Jamieson, allowing residents access only.

Local road users in the area should slow down and proceed with caution and watch out for firefighting vehicles, personnel and machinery.

Telstra will be establishing a temporary phone tower in Licola on Friday, February 15 for emergency operational support.

Residents in Licola and the Glenfalloch area should remain vigilant.

PEOPLE experiencing any symptoms should to seek medical advice or call 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 www.cfa.vic.gov.au