Dargo-Matheson fire contained

THE Dargo-Matheson fire has been contained.

The fire has reached 1111 hectares in size with an “All Clear Advice” message issued last night.

THE Dargo-Budwuid fire has been contained with an “All Clear Advice” message issued today.

This fire started as a result of a suspected lightning strike 2.5 kilometres south-east of Dargo.

CFA and DSE crews responded with air support containing the fire at about 0.7ha. DSE crews will continue blacking out today weather permitting

THE Harrietville-Alpine fire area received good rainfall over the past 24 hours and has not increased in size.  The fire remains at 31,513ha of public and private land.

Fire fighting activity will be limited today due to weather conditions and accress.

Management of the Great Alpine Rd has been handed over to VicRoads who has 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.

Vic Roads 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 Coalville fire has reached about 80ha in the Coaville/Narracan area. It was listed as safe yesterday and no longer poses a threat to communities.

THE Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire has burned through 85,193ha and has a perimeter of almost 400km.

Fire activity has reduced significantly after 10 to 12 millimetres of rain fall on the area overnight.  This will slow the back-burning operations planned for the containment of this fire.

DSE, Parks Victoria and New South Wales crews are working to control fires, but conditions will be slippery and crew safety is paramount.

Heyfield-Licola Rd remains closed at Kellehers Rd.  Authorities are hoping to get the road open within the next two days, depending on assessment of hazardous trees close to road.

THE Thomson catchment fire has burned through about 100 ha and is being controlled

Rain on the fireground has significantly reduced fire behaviour, but made it difficult for crews to work on the fire.

Crews will return to the fire to check for hotspots and patrol and black out when it is safe to do so.

The Australian Alps Walking Track north of the Baw Baw National Park is closed.

The Baw Baw National Park remains open.

Campers and visitors should be aware that significant areas of National Park and State forest remain temporarily cloesd due to the bushfire risk. Visitors should avoid the fire-affected areas and plan to go to other parts of the region that are safe to travel to.