Ten residents who remain in a tiny eastern Victorian town being threatened by a bushfire are being kept safe by a team of about 30 firefighters.
With the main road into Licola blocked, the only way out is a steep dirt road that leads through the Alpine National Park to Mount Hotham.
But authorities say using the road is not recommended.
School camps have already been evacuated, with fire expected to impact Licola between 4pm and 6pm (AEDT) on Friday.
The 10 people who remain in the town are locals who know the conditions and have likely experienced fire before, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said.
"Those people are now isolated," he told reporters at the State Control Centre.
"The road itself between Heyfield and Licola is cut off from the fire and those who remain in Licola, the only escape route is up over the top of a hill towards Mount Hotham which is a very difficult road to travel.
"I think it is a sensible decision at this point in time for those 10 to stay at Licola, stay with the CFA trucks and they will certainly understand the local conditions and what Licola offers and also the challenges of what are around Licola."
Mr Lapsley said a strike team of five tankers and up to 35 firefighters are in the town.
Licola Wilderness Village program manager Cherry Wake said the village, which operates a school adventure camp and caravan park, evacuated visitors - about 61 children and 15 adults - on Thursday night.