Alert Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah – 7.30am 12/02/2009

Alert Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Maroondah – 7.30am

Alert Message – Communities in , Chum Creek, Badger Creek, Steels Creek, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Toolangi and Castello

Incident Information

Fires continue to burn south east and of Toolangi and east and north of Healesville. Residents are advised that fire activity in these areas remains high and need to be vigilant and aware of the localised change in conditions.

Crews have worked overnight on strengthening strategic control lines and subject to appropriate weather conditions, have burn out areas of unburnt fuels between active fire and control lines. Areas likely to experience increased smoke from these burns include Toolangi and communities in the vicinity of Mt Riddell.

Communities in Healesville, Chum Creek, Badger Creek, Steels Creek, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Toolangi and Castello are advised to remain alert to fire activity.

Multiple emergency services, including CFA, DSE, DPI, Parks , Fire Services, Melbourne Water, , SES, and the Shire of Yarra Ranges, are continuing to focus on the protection of key community infrastructure, townships and water catchment in the Maroondah/Yarra Complex.

Residents can expect to see continued and increased fire activity that is monitored and will be responded to accordingly by fire crews. Residents are advised to be aware of emergency vehicles and requested to keep a safe distance from emergency operations.

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 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: Communities as above
Road closures currently in place: Information on updated road closures is available on the VicRoads website
Emergency relief centres are located at: Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Highway Healesville
Community meetings are being held at: The following Community Meetings will be held today, Thursday 12th February 2009 –

Healesville – Healesville Memorial Hall, 237 Maroondah Highway, Healesville (Melways 270 D12), from 7:00pm. All are welcome.

Toolangi – Toolangi Community Hall (CJ Dennis Hall), Healesville – Kinglake Road, Toolangi (Melways Page 10 Q2) from 10:00 am, All are welcome.
Resources committed to this fire are: 40 fire trucks 160 personnel supported by dozers.
Other information: The Shire of Yarra Ranges had advised Healesville Memorial Hall is not a donation collection centre, for further details please visit

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

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