Source: VIC Emergency
Watch and Act - Bushfire
Issued Today at 4:48 PM.
This Watch & Act message is being issued for W Tree.
There is a bushfire 3kms south east of the W Tree community that is not yet under control.
It has broken away from the main front at New Guinea Road and is spotting north west into grasslands.
Crews are responding with tankers, aircraft and machinery.
Now is the time to enact your fire plan.
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 need information about your fire plan go to: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/.
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:
Smoke is visible from nearby communities.
Bushfires and grass fires can start spot fires and embers large distances ahead of the main fire.
Crews and air support will be present in the area.
Road closures remain in place for:
Tulloch Ard Road between Gelantipy Road, Butchers Ridge and Basin Road, Buchan
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 22/12/2019 08:30 pm 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).
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 and lung conditions.
Serious increases in respiratory and other effects may be observed in others, and many people may experience coughing or shortness of breath. People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by a doctor.
For more information about smoke and your health visit the EPA website.
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.
CFA Current Bushfires