VIC Bushfire Emergency Warning: Mallacoota, Gipsy Point, Karbeethong, Genoa, Tamboon, Club Terrace, Combienbar, Cann River


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Source: VIC Emergency

Emergency Warning - Bushfire

Issued Today at 7:11 PM.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Mallacoota, Gipsy Point, Karbeethong, Genoa, Tamboon, Club Terrace, Combienbar, Cann River and surrounds.
This Emergency Warning replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 8.30am today 31/12/2019.
There are currently two bushfires that are not yet under control.
One fire is currently travelling from Wingan River in an easterly direction and has impacted the Mallacoota, Genoa, Karbeethong and Gipsy Point communities and has also moved into NSW.
The second fire is travelling from Goongerah in a south easterly direction and has impacted Club Terrace and the Princes Hwy.
Ash and embers are falling ahead of the main fires, which may cause spot fires.

MALLACOOTA-This message is for people at Mallacoota and surrounding communities
One fire is currently travelling from Wingan River in an easterly direction and has impacted Mallacoota, Genoa, Karbeethong and Gipsy Point.
Crews are focusing their efforts on asset protection around the township
It is too late to leave, the safest option is to shelter indoors.
An assembly area has been established at the Mallacoota Main Community Hall at Allan Drive.
The Genoa-Mallacoota Road is closed.
We understand that residents are anxious to find out about the full impact of these fires on their individual properties and communities, however, the full impact will not be known until Rapid Impact Assessment teams have been through the areas, which cannot occur before roads have been made safe.

We urge community members and tourists not to drive around impacted areas. The areas may be hazardous with fallen trees, power lines that could be live and impacted buildings that may contain asbestos.

TAMBOON & BEMM RIVER-This message is for people at Tamboon, Furnell, Bemm River and surrounding communities
There is fire around the Tamboon, Bemm River and Swan Lake areas.
It is too late to leave, shelter in place, stay aware of the current situation and ensure you remain vigilant.

CANN RIVER, CLUB TERRACE & COMBIENBAR--This message is for people at Cann River, Club Terrace and surrounding communities
The fire has now crossed the Bonang Road has impacted Club Terrace and Combienbar and could impact Cann River.
It it too late to leave, shelter in place, stay aware of the current situation and ensure you remain vigilant.
You are in danger if you are in the Mallacoota, Genoa, Karbeethong and Gipsy Point areas and need to act immediately to survive.

The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.
Leaving now would be deadly.
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 following roads are closed: Genoa-Mallacoota Road
The Princes Hwy between Lakes Entrance and Genoa
Nowa Nowa-Bruthen Road between Bruthen and Nowa Nowa
The Princes Hwy North of Genoa to Eden
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 01/01/2020 10:00 am or as the situation changes.

Health information:
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).
If you can see or smell smoke, please note:
Smoke can affect people's health.
People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
VicEmergency app.
Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
Accessibility:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.

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