Source: VIC Emergency
Issued Today at 6:06 PM.
This Emergency Warning is being issued for Brookville. This Emergency Warning replaces the Watch & Act issued at 5:30pm.
The bushfire at Barmouth Spur is out of control and travelling in a northerly direction towards Brookville.
There is increased fire activity in the Angora Range area with embers falling into Brookville.
This fire is threatening homes and lives.
You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.
The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.
What you should do:
You should move indoors:
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from pure cotton or wool. Wear leather boots.
Bring your pets inside.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents and turn off cooling systems.
You must take shelter before the fire arrives. The extreme heat is likely to kill you well before the flames reach you.
Shelter in a room that has two exits, such as a door or window including one directly to the outside. It is important to be able to see outside so you know what is happening with the fire.
If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt. It may still be too hot to remain outside, so you’ll need to seek shelter in another structure or last resort option.
If you cannot get indoors, last resort options include:
Shelter in the middle of a large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
Get into a large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.
If you are travelling:
If you are travelling, do not enter the warning area. U-turn to safety.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.
If you are caught in fire in your car:
Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to cleared area.
Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
Turn on your hazard lights and headlights.
Close all windows.
Turn off the air-conditioning and shut all the air vents.
Turn your car engine off.
Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a pure woollen blanket.
Impacts in your area:
The Great Alpine Road is closed between Ensay and Bruthen.
Embers are being carried by the wind large distances ahead of the main fire and starting spot fires.
NBN connected phone and internet services may not work during a power outage. You may not be able to call Triple Zero (000) using your home phone.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.
The next update is expected by 21/12/2019 08:10 pm or as the situation changes.
If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
Air quality and smoke:
Smoke can affect people's health. Air quality is expected to be very poor to hazardous over the next 24-hours.
Hazardous air quality may lead to serious aggravation of health effects in people over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions.
Serious increase in respiratory and other effects may be observed in everyone else and many people might have symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath. People with existing heart of lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by a doctor.
For more information about smoke and your health visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smoke
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
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