Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah – 2.30pm 13/02/2009

Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah – 2.30pm

Alert Message – 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

Increasing fire activity is present in the area of Mount Riddell towards Mount Juliet, and this fire is expected to travel up the slopes of Mount Juliet across the course of this afternoon. No properties are under threat from this fire. Residents can expect to see a significant increase in smoke and some flame activity may be visible.

There is potential that airborne ash may fall in and around the Healesville area, however ember impact is highly unlikely. Residents are advised to remain vigilant due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.

The fire, burning in the Donnellys Weir area, is travelling 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 on Myers Creek Road has commenced, residents will see increased smoke and controlled fire activity should be expected

Burning in the Yellowdindi Road near Blackrange Road vicinity will continue throughout this afternoon and evening. Residents can expect to see increased smoke and fire activity due to the burning being undertaken as part of the suppression strategies.

Burning in the Toolangi vicinity, undertaken as part of the suppression strategy is creating smoke impact in variable locations dependant on localised wind conditions. No properties are under threat from this activity.

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: Healesville, Narbethong, Toolangi
Road closures currently in place: please refer to https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Emergency relief centres are located at: Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, Bell Street, Yarra Glen
Community meetings are being held at: Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Highway Healesville today at 7:00pm

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

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