Source: VIC Emergency
Watch and Act - Bushfire
Issued Today at 2:44 PM.
This Watch & Act message is being issued for Tubbut, Bonang, Deddick Valley.
**This is an updated watch and act that replaces the warning issued at 09:30pm 15th January.**
There is a bushfire south of Bonang that is not yet under control.
We remind people to obey road closures. This is for your own safety. It is not safe to drive on these roads until they have been treated for hazardous trees and other damage. There is still active fire in some of these areas.
Fire damaged trees can kill. It is not always obvious that a tree has been impacted by fire.
There is currently no threat to you, but you should plan for what you will do if the situation changes.
You should remain vigilant.
What you should do:
Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
If you are away from home, do not return.
If you are driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.
If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should:
Enact your fire survival plan.
Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
There are a number of road closures throughout Gippsland Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closure information.
There is significant smoke across East Gippsland which will impact heath and visibility.
Your tank water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash soot, fire retardant or dead animals. Make sure it is properly sealed and disconnected from down pipes.
Register Find Unite:
People who live in the affected communities are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite even if you have left the area. https://register.redcross.org.au/ or by calling 1800 727 077.
For information on health services status and availability in impacted areas visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief
East Gippsland Shire Council Bushfire Information available here: https://www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/Bushfire_information
Bushfire affected residents seeking emergency water relief should contact South East Water on 131 851.
For further information please read the latest Far East Gippsland Community Newsletter published today 16th January.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.
The next update is expected by 17/01/2020 07:00 am 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).
If you can see or smell smoke, please note:
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.
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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