The CFA is reporting ‘fire activity in the northern Wonnangatta Valley. This fire has started as a result of last nights lightning activity. The fire is close to the Australian Alps Walking Track and the Macalister Springs Hut. The fire is currently active in the Cross Cut Saw Section of the track and visitors are advised to avoid the area’.
The fire is in the Terrible Hollow and apparently burning up towards Mt Buggery. As of midday Dec 20, it was listed as being 10 ha in size.
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UPDATE. 21 DEC
The fire is close to the Australian Alps Walking Track and the Macalister Springs Hut. The fire is currently active in the Crosscut Saw Section of the track and visitors are advised to avoid the area.
The Australian Alpine Walking Track is closed from King Billy Saddle through to Barry Saddle (where Barry Saddle adjoins the Wonnangatta Road).
Closures to the Alpine Walking Track include: Howitt Spur Walking Track, Queen Spur Walking Track, King Spur Walking Track and Macalister Springs Walking Track. (This general area of closures to the Australian Alpine Walking Track is also known as the Howitt Crosscut Speculation Area).
Smoke will be visible in the area. Aircraft will be operating in the vicinity of Mt Buller and Snowy Range today and tomorrow.
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UPDATE. DEC 22
The fire is still going and described as being in the ‘Cross Cut Saw’ area (now 42 ha in size), with the Alpine track and surrounding areas closed. Fire breaks are being cut on the south east and eastern flanks, and fire retardants on the western sides.
UPDATE. DEC 23
The fire is now described by the CFA as being ‘contained’ at 45ha in size. The area outlined above remain closed.
UPDATE. DEC 24
The CFA has announced that the fire is now contained, although it appears that previously announced track closures are still in place. Check with Parks Vic before going near the area.