Alert Message – Yea-Murrindindi Fire – 11.00am 12/02/2009

Alert Message – Yea-Murrindindi Fire – 11.00am

Alert Message – The communities of Acheron, Cathedral Lane, Thornton – Taggerty Road, Bulls Lane, Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek, Scrubby Creek and Native Dog Creek
12/02/2009

Incident Information

The Yea – Murrindindi fire burning near Alexandra has quietened down overnight and good progress has been made on all sectors. The fire is burning slowly in a northerly direction and is approximately 110,000 hectares in size.

Later this afternoon the wind speed will increase up to 35 kilometres per hour, similar to yesterday.

Residents in the Black Range and Blue Range sections of this fire with properties backing on to the ranges may experience some fire activity on their land. Fire fighting resources have been deployed to these areas to attack fire as it enters grassland.

The communities of Acheron, Cathedral Lane, Thornton – Taggerty Road, Bulls Lane, Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek, Scrubby Creek and Native Dog Creek are under direct threat from this fire, and need to remain alert due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.

Molesworth residents are advised that there is a slight potential for fire spotting ahead of the main fire. They are also likely to experience smoke & ash from the fire.

Residents, community members and road users are advised that the following roads are closed for your safety as these roads have been deemed unsafe by Roads and there is still some fire activity. This also allows police to complete their tasks and maintain security.

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
Road closures currently in place: Please refer to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

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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