Alert Message the communities in the area of Nayook and Neerim Junction
The Bunyip Ridge fire is burning in the Bunyip State Park and State Forest areas between Gembrook, Powelltown, Neerim Junction and Tonimbuk and is estimated to be approximately 25,000 hectares in size.
Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities in the area of Nayook and Neerim Junction need to be aware that fire activity is continuing in the area and has the potential to impact directly.
Residents may see some localised spotting around McIntyre Road.
There will also be increased smoke in the area due to blacking out and back burning being undertaken as part of suppression efforts.
People in the area need to remain alert as there may not be a warning should conditions change unexpectedly. Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
Be prepared to activate your bushfire survival plan if necessary.
Decide now if you are going to stay or go. Remember that it is very dangerous to leave late with a fire in the area. Road use in the area will be extremely hazardous due to low visibility from smoke. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, wildlife and emergency services vehicles.
If you plan to stay, remember to seek shelter from radiant heat. Should the fire reach your property, close all doors and windows and stay inside the house while the fire passes. Remain alert, extinguish any small fires and if necessary, move outside to burnt ground once the fire has passed.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Tourists are advised to avoid the following areas: Bunyip State Park, Kurth Kiln Regional Park, Tarago Forest
Road closures currently in place: Please refer to the Vic Roads website at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Community meetings are being held at:
11.02.09 – 7.00pm Tonimbuk Hall, Tonimbuk Rd, Tonimbuk
11.02.09 – 7.30pm Maryknoll Fire Station, 16 Koolbirra Rd Maryknoll
11.02.09 – 7.30pm Powelltown Hall, Blake St, Powelltown
11.02.09 – 8.30pm Garfield Community Centre, Beswick St, Garfield
Other information: Shire of Cardinia residents who have been affected by the fire and require assistance should contact the council on 1300 787 624. This line is open 24 hours.
Baw Baw Shire residents should call 1300 859 446 for recovery information.
The Red Cross registration line is 1800 727 077.
For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone/ telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969. Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires