FIRE UPDATE: Friday, 4pm

CFA

Mt HOTHAM Alpine Resort Management Board CEO Jon Hutchins has declared Mt Hotham resort closed as bushfire conditions worsen in North East Victoria.

“We are maintaining a small team of essential staff for asset protection and to support our local CFA staff,” said Mr Hutchins this afternoon.

All visitors to the mountain have left Mt Hotham, and Mr Hutchins asks for the public’s assistance in sharing the message that the area is not safe and people should stay away.

“The Great Alpine Road is now closed between Harrietville and Omeo, and we absolutely do not want anyone in this area as emergency services personnel will not be able to guarantee assistance,” he said.

There is currently no access to or from Gippsland via Hotham via the Great Alpine Road, due to closures at Bruthen and Ensay which have been in place since 21 December 2019, and the Dargo High Plains Road is closed from the Great Alpine Road to Jones Creek Logging Road.

Fire activity north of Hotham has also closed the Bogong High Plains Road between Falls Creek and Omeo Highway, and the Benambra-Corryong Road is closed between Benambra and Colac Colac.

Mt Hotham Skiing Company’s snowmaking equipment will be used to support efforts to protect infrastructure if required, Mr Hutchins confirmed.

“We appreciate the assistance of our colleagues at Mt Hotham Skiing Company and the CFA,” he said.

“We have a very supportive community up here and everyone pitches in to help when it’s needed.”

Today and tomorrow are days of Total Fire Ban in North East Victoria.


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