Awareness Message – Mitta Little Snowy Creek Fire 9.00 am 13/02/2009

Awareness Message – Mitta Little Snowy Creek Fire 9.00 am

Awareness Message – Mitta and Mt Beauty areas
13/02/2009

Incident Information

The Mitta Little Snowy Creek fire is burning in steep forest mid way between Mitta and Mt Beauty and is approximatley 350 hectares in size. This fire is expected to slowly increase in size today. This fire was located yesterday, near Dorchap Range track and Trappers Gap Road, west of the Dorchap Range (CFA NE Map Reference Map 300:H13).

Overnight the fire behaviour was relatively quiet but aircraft observations this morning indicate the fire may have crossed containment lines along the northern end of this fire.

DSE and Parks fire fighting crews will work throughout today constructing hand trails and dozer lines and will be reinforced with significant air support today. The Mt Beauty airbase will be used to support this fire attack, so residents in the Mt Beuaty area may notice significant aircraft and helicopter activity during today.

This fire is not currently posing a threat to the surrounding Mitta, Mt Beauty, Tawonga or Eskdale communities. However, residents in these areas need to remain vigilant and should listen to ABC radio for further updates and advice.

Core Advice
There may be increased amounts of smoke in the area from this fire.
Road users are advised to take extra care as road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility from smoke.
Even though this fire does not currently pose a threat, people in high risk bushfire areas are reminded to have a bushfire survival plan ready to implement during the summer period.
Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.

Additional Information

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone/ telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969. Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires

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