VIC Bushfire Watch & Act: Tambo Crossing


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Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 9:59 AM.
This Watch & Act message is being issued for Tambo Crossing.

This Watch and Act message replaces the Watch and Act message issued at 10pm 22/12/19
The Marthavale - Barmouth Spur bushfire is not under control and is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Tambo Crossing.
There is active fire in the Collins Road area East of Tambo Crossing and a spot fire that has increased in size overnight.
Crews are working on securing the northern edge of the fire and will remain in Tambo Crossing & Brookville areas blacking out and strengthening containment lines.
Ausnet Services are continuing to work on restoring power to the area at the earliest opportunity.
Stockyards are open at both Ensay and Omeo.

A number of community information sessions are planned:

Community Drop In:

Tambo Crossing at 10am Monday 23 December at The Rock

Community meetings:

Ensay at 1:00 pm Monday 23 December at the Ensay Memorial Hall
Swifts Creek at 4:00 pm Monday 23 December at the Swifts Creek Hall
Omeo at 10:00 am Tuesday 24 December at the Omeo Memorial Hall

Be aware of your surroundings, monitor activity outside and remain informed.

Please remain vigilant as conditions 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 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.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:

Heavy smoke is present throughout the Tambo Valley.
The Great Alpine Road remains closed between Ensay and Bruthen.
Continued fire activity throughout the landscape has resulted in the closure of many tracks in the surrounding area.
Check the VicTraffic website ( or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
Your water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash, soot, fire retardant or dead animals. Make sure it is properly sealed and disconnected from downpipes.
NBN connected phones and internet services may not work during a power outage and you may not be able to use a mobile phone to call Triple zero (000) or access information on the internet.
You can listen to warning information on a battery-operated radio.

This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 23/12/2019 02:00 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).

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

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 most recent Community Newsletter

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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