Rain helps to ease bush fire threat

RAIN has helped, but in some cases hindered, efforts to contain fires across the region.

While rain was welcome, it had made it difficult for crews to work on back burning and suppression.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has advised fire activity has subsided in the Harrietville-Alpine South area. This fire is now contained.

The road from Omeo to Mount Hotham is open.

With the north and south areas combined, the Harrietville-Alpine fire has burned more than 36,000 hectares.

Fire activity 2.4 kilometres south-east of Dargo has subsided. This small bushfire, which has burned 1111ha, is contained.

The East Caledonia-Howitt Track fire, 37km north of Licola, has burned through about 600 hectares and is being controlled.

Crews and aircraft will continue to control this fire when conditions are suitable and safe.

The fire is remote from communities, burning in an area of National Park that was already closed to the public.

With the Aberfeldy-Donnellys fire, suppression works are continuing in the Licola, Glenfalloch, Wollangarra and Glencairn area. The fire, which has burned 85,000 in this area is being controlled.

Crews will return to check for hotspots and continue blacking out and patrolling when it is safe to do so.

Fire in the Thomson catchment is about 100ha and is being controlled.

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 a number of National Parks and State Forests in the area remain temporarily closed due to the bushfire risk.