Fire affected parks
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Parks affected by bushfire
Alpine National Park
There is a fire in the Alpine National Park. The following tracks are closed:
- Dingo Hill Track
- Scrubby Hill Track
- Caledonia River Track
- Butcher Country Link Track
- Butcher Country Track
Howitt Road and visitor sites from Arbuckle Junction to Zeka Spur Track Junction will be closed from midday Friday 16 March to midday Monday 19 March 2018. Access tracks from Kelly Lane to Howitt Road will also be closed from midday Friday 16 March to midday Monday 19 March 2018. Visitor sites on Kelly Lane remain open.
Access to Wonnangatta Valley remains open from Dargo, Mansfield and Myrtleford and walking destinations such as Mt Howitt and Tali Karng also remain open.
Cathedral Range State Park
There is a fire in Cathedral Range State Park. The park is closed until the area can be made safe. The closure includes all campgrounds, roads, walking tracks and rock climbing sites.
Mount Worth State Park
Mount Worth State Park is closed until further notice due to the risk of the fire near McDonalds Track, Seaview near the north west section of the park, spreading into the park. McDonalds Track is closed from Grand Ridge Road to Darnum-Allambee Road. Visitors are advised to avoid the area. Access may be further restricted due to fire-fighting activity.
For latest information on fires go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au
Any closures to tracks or other changed conditions resulting from past bushfires or planned burning will be noted on the individual park pages under "Change to Conditions".
Planned burning is carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria to help reduce bushfire risk to communities, property and the environment. Bushfire fuel management includes planned burning and other activities, like slashing, mowing and creating fuel breaks.
Ignition of burns is weather dependent and plans can change at short notice; visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria website to view a map of burns scheduled in parks and forests for the next 10 days. You can also sign up to receive automated SMS and email notifications about planned burns when they are close to being carried out via the Planned Burning Notification System (PBNS).
Stay informed during bushfires
- Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.
- Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can call via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
- For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone the VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
- Download the VicEmergency App.
- Road closures: check VicRoads website.
- Check weather conditions and your fire risk before leaving home as you may not have mobile phone reception across regional Victoria.
- Check which parks and picnic areas are regularly closed when the forecast Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.
After a fire
When an area has been affected by fires, the reasons for closure may include:
- hazardous trees, limbs and fallen timber
- damaged tracks, bridges, signs, recreation sites and other facilities
- unstable soils and/or stream crossings
- presence of hazardous materials or substances.
Once recreation sites and tracks have been accessed, risks removed and necessary facilities rebuilt, they are reopened to the public.
The Change of Conditions section on individual park pages is regularly updated to reflect the most current conditions. Please check individual park pages for closure information.
Page last updated: 19 Mar 2018 1.22 pm