VIC Bushfire Watch & Act: Lakes Entrance, Nowa Nowa, and Surrounding Areas


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Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 7:45 PM.

This Watch & Act message replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 11am this morning and is being issued for for north of Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Nowa Nowa and surrounding areas.

Bushfires in the area are not yet under control.
There are still fires active in the north of this warning area.
Most of east Gippsland is under an emergency Warning or Watch and Act messages.

You should enact your fire plan and monitor the conditions as the situation can change quickly.
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 have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should leave:
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area or to the Lakes Entrance Relief Centre, Mechanic Street

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
At the present time it is extremely difficult to access some areas using ground crews as there has been significant damage to road networks. Many roads are inaccessible.
The fire has impacted private properties.
Act on any instructions within warnings messages for your area.
Upcoming weather
The forecast weather conditions for the next few days is cooler with temperatures predicted to remain under 30 degrees with calm winds. However, early indications are for increased temperatures and winds on Saturday which will increase fire activity.

Road Information
The Princes Highway is closed east of Lakes Entrance.
Assessment works are being undertaken on the remaining sections to understand what work is needed to get the road reopened.
The Great Alpine Road is closed from Bairnsdale to Swifts Creek Roads in the area have been crossed by the fire and are now blocked by fallen trees.
Burnt trees will continue to fall across these roads for the coming days.
Crews are the assessing road conditions to ensure the safety of road users.
This will take some time due to the scale of the fires.
It is not safe to drive on these roads as trees may fall at any time.
It is extremely dangerous to enter forest areas.
Many roads remain closed - check VicTraffic website for updates.
Do not bypass road blocks, roads in the area have been crossed by the fire and are now blocked by fallen trees.
It is extremely dangerous to try to take back roads to return to properties.

Power Outages
There is no power to communities east of Lakes Entrance including Bruthen.
Work has commenced to restore power to Orbost and it hoped that this will occur by Wednesday afternoon.

Communication
Power to communication towers east of Bairnsdale has been cut and back-up batteries will soon be exhausted.
Mobile and landline services will be severely disrupted. Satellite phones and trunk radios will continue to operate.
This message was issued by FFMV.

The next update is expected by 01/01/2020 05:50 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 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.
If you relocate
People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ or by calling 1800 727 077. Use Register to let people know you are safe. Use Find to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency.

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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