Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah 12.30 pm 13/02/2009

Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah 12.30 pm

Alert Message to the communities of Myers Creek Road, between Donnellys Weir Road and Trench Farm Road, Donnellys Weir Road, Maroondah Parade, Trench Farm Road and Road 15
13/02/2009

Incident Information

The fire, burning in the Donnellys Weir area, is burning in a Westerly direction. The communities of Myers Creek Road, between Donnellys Weir Road and Trench Farm Road, Donnellys Weir Road, Maroondah Parade, Trench Farm Road and Road 15 are no longer under direct threat from this fire, but still need to remain alert due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.

Controlled burning is under consideration in the Donnelys Weir area and if conditions are deemed suitable, increased smoke and controlled fire activity should be expected

Crews will continue to work on strategic controlled burning in the Yellowdindi Road near Blackrange Road vicinity. Residents can expect to see increased smoke and fire activity due to the burning being undertaken as part of the suppression strategies.

Increased fire activity is present in the area of Mount Riddell towards Mount Juliet, significant smoke should be expected in this area across the course of the afternoon.

Core Advice
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.

Additional Information
Tourists are advised to avoid the following areas: , Narbethong
Road closures : Please refer to the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Community meetings are being held at: Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Highway Healesville today at 7:00pm

For information on fires in 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

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