The Yea – Murrindindi Fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a Northerly direction and is estimated to be around 100,000 hectares in size.
The community should be aware that a full closure of this section of the Goulburn Valley Highway is a possibility later this afternoon.
The Members of the community near the Yea – Murrindindi Fire who were under smoke columns yesterday can expect similar conditions today.
Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities in the vicinity of Yarck, Caveat, Cathkin, and communities in vicinity of the following roads Spaniaks Rd, Killingworth Rd, Frog Ponds Rd, Murrindindi Rd, Cheviot Rd and Nashs Rd should be alert for possible spot fires thrown ahead of the main fire.
The Alexandra, Thornton, Rubicon, Snobs Creek and Eildon communities still need to remain vigilant, but are under no immediate threat of fire.
Report any flaming embers to 000. Burnt material will not start fires even though they may be smoking.
Fire fighting agencies and the community continue to work towards improving Alexandra’s preparations and extensive fire protection works have been completed.
Residents should also consider their Fire Action Plans and be pro- active in assessing whether they should be enacted.
Farmers should ensure that stock is in appropriate secured paddocks, where fences have been cut during the construction of control lines.
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.
Road closures currently in place: Please refer to the Vic Roads website : [email protected]
Emergency relief centres are located at: Alexandra Community Leisure Centre, Broadford Shire Hall on Murchison Street, Yea Football Ground Pavillion and Wallan multi purpose Centre Bendpink Street Ph 5783 1450
Recovery information: 5772 0394 or 5772 0393
Other information: Animal Health and welfare ring: Health wildlife on 0417 380 687
Resources committed to this fire are: 40 trucks & 4 Slip Ons 8 dozers 3 aircraft approx 300 personnel
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