CHOPPERS will drop firefighters into remote areas of bushland to put out hot spots from the Harrietville bushfire today.Overnight fire crews back burnt about 300ha in an attempt to provide greater protection around Harrietville before Wednesday heats up.
"It's been a success," a State Control Centre spokeswoman said this morning.
"It was a priority before it gets hot and dry on Wednesday."
The 6100ha Harrietville fire last week threatened Hotham Heights, Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain.
Today's operations will involve water bombers and choppers flying about 80 firefighters into remote areas of the alpine region.
"They will be flown in to put fires out by hand in hard to reach areas," she said.
She said 12 helicopters and six fixed-wing aircraft would continue to work in the alpine area today.
Meanwhile in Gippsland back burning operations will continue today around the Seaton and Glenmaggie fire areas.
The Country Fire Authority says the Harrietville-Feathertop fire was started by lightning on January 21.