A number of national parks and state forests have been closed in Victoria's northeast after 37 bushwalkers had to be airlifted out because of bushfires.
Hikers bushwalking at Mt Feathertop were flown out by helicopter after a fire northeast of Harrietville reignited on Tuesday.
An Emergency Alert has been sent to 660 residents and visitors in and around the area.
On Tuesday night the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria closed national parks and state forests around Mount Feathertop and Mount Beauty because of a fire burning in the area.
DSE Agency Commander David Nugent said for the safety of the public the parks have been closed until further notice.
He said people who had planned to visit the area over the Australia Day long weekend will need to rearrange their travel plans.
The fire is burning 4km northeast of Harrietville and with hot, dry and windy conditions this week, it is expected to continue to burn for some time.
Latest Top Stories Articles