Fires continue to burn

THE Harrietville-Alpine fire has burned 31,513 hectares of public and private land and remains active in some areas.

Back burning operations will continue today in the Blue Rag Track area weather permitting.

Work continues in the identification and mapping of threatened species and areas of cultural significance within the fire perimeter and in surrounding areas.

Management of the Great Alpine Rd has been handed over to VicRoads who have set up a road block outside Hotham Central.  This allows for full access into Hotham via Omeo.

Dargo-High Plains Rd remains closed north of Dargo at the intersection of Upper Dargo Rd.

VicRoads is working hard to have the road between Mount Hotham and Harrietville open by the Labour Day long weekend, but this is subject to new fire activity and weather conditions.

THE Dargo-Matheson fire has reached 1,111 hectares in size and has been listed as contained.

The fire received significant rain overnight, however falls were isolated and therefore fuels remain very dry in some areas.  A number of hot spots were identified on the western edge and ground crews will walk in to assess the area today.

THE Dargo-Budwuid fire started yesterday after a suspected lightning strike 2.5 kilometres south-east of Dargo.

CFA and DSE crews responded with air support containing the fire at about 0.7 hectares at 10.45 pm last night.

DSE crews will be blacking out today and it is expected that this fire will be under control by mid-afternoon today

THE Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burned through 85,193 hectares and has a perimeter of almost 400 kilometres. Firefighters have constructed control lines on over 300km of that perimeter by hand, with machinery and from the air.

The principal aim of crews remains to complete and secure control lines and burning operations around Licola to protect private property.

Crews will also be working today to secure a small spot fire outside of control lines in the Serpentine Creek Track area.

Today there are 319 personnel working on the fire, supported by nine tankers, 64 slip-on units (4WD vehicles), 13 dozers and 12 aircraft.

THE 600 hectare East Caledonia-Howitt Track fire was detected on the morning of February 22.

The fire is burning in remote country away from communities and is in steep and rough terrain.  Crews, machinery and aircraft are working to contain this fire.

The incident management team has developed control strategies for the fire that account for its remote location, difficult terrain and high environmental values. Sophisticated computer modelling of likely fire spread has assisted.