High fire weather expected

Updated 12.30pm 20/2/13

HIGH fire weather conditions are expected over the next two days.

Lower fire danger ratings are expected on Thursday however the fire will continue to burn within control lines into coming weeks.

FIRE continues 13 kilometres north of Dargo. It is now 864 hectares.

Ground crews and aircraft continue to work on containing the fire.

The fire is burning in the Wongungarra State Forest, mostly to the west of the Dargo River.

THE Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burnt through about 84,926 ha and has a 388km perimeter.

The fire has now been burning for 32 days.

DSE, CFA, Parks Victoria and NSW Rural Fire Service personnel continue to work to control this fire.

A 58 hectare fire with a 3.6km perimeter in the Mt Clear–Coleman Creek area of the Alpine National Park has little fire activity and is expected to be contained in coming days.

A small 60ha fire is currently burning in the Thomson catchment and is being controlled by crews.  

The aim of authorities is to secure control lines and complete burning around the Licola Valley to protect private property.

Control lines have been constructed along both sides of the Licola Valley to the east and west of Licola. The west side control line runs parallel to Jamieson-Licola Rd and south towards Mt Useful along a newly made line and Serpentine Creek Track.

Back burning operations are being conducted in the Serpentine Creek Track area of the fire and increased smoke may be visible and the smell of smoke in the air.

The areas of Burgoynes Gap and Mount Useful continue to be patrolled.

Resources deployed to the fire will vary according to weather conditions. Availability of aircraft is dependent on the needs of other fire incidents around the state. Currently there are 258 personnel, six tankers and 63 slip-ons and 23 dozers.

CFA and DSE crews are based in Licola.

Personnel have been deployed from NSW Rural Fire Service to assist with the fire fighting efforts.

Heyfield-Licola Rd remains closed at the junction of Kellehers Rd through to Jamieson. Local access is restricted to residents, property owners and business owners with photo ID.  Speed restrictions are in place and local road users in the area should proceed with caution and watch out for fire fighting vehicles, personnel and machinery.

THE Harrietville-Alpine South fire continue s to burn in national park, 30km west of Omeo.

This fire has burnt 14,568 hectares of land. The north and south fires have burnt 31,357ha on public and private land.

Ground crews and aircraft continue to work on containing this fire.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.

There is still active fire in southern area, however it is not threatening communities.

The Great Alpine Rd remains closed from Dinner Plain through to Harrietville. The Dargo High Plains Rd is closed from Upper Dargo Rd through to the Great Alpine Rd.

Campers and visitors should be aware that a number of National Parks and State Forests in the area remain temporarily closed due to the bushfire risk.

LIGHTNING strikes earlier in the week started four small fires in the area north of Ensay. Crews are working to contain these small fires.