VIC Bushfire Watch & Act: Bamganie, Meredith, Mount Mercer, Rokewood, Shelford


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Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Grass Fire

Issued Today at 3:35 PM.

This Watch & Act message is for Bamganie, Meredith, Mount Mercer, Rokewood, Shelford.

There is a grassfire at Mount Mercer that is not yet under control.
This grassfire is travelling from Grahams Rd in a southerly direction.
The fire is approx. 20 acres in size and is burning in a grass stubble paddock.
Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
What you should do:
If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Find information on protecting yourself and your family:

The best protection from radiant heat and smoke is distance.

Travel to:
The home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.
When you leave remember to take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
If you encounter smoke or flames whilst travelling, turn around and drive to safety. If you're unable to turn around and drive to safety, a car offers more protection from the fire's heat than being caught on foot in the open.
If you are away from home, do not return.

If you choose to stay, seek shelter indoors:
Bring your pets indoors.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents.
Turn off cooling systems.
Shelter in a room that has a door and a window to the outside so you can keep an eye on what is happening with the fire.
Impacts in your area:
Grassfires can generate extreme heat. Heat will kill you before the flames reach you.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 20/12/2019 08:40 pm 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:
Smoke can affect people's health.
People with 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:
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.
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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