Alert message for Yarck, Caveat. Taggerty, Cathedral Lane and Rubicon, Connellys Creek, Acheron, Crystal Creek, Crystal Creek Road, Narbethong, Scrubby Creek and along Whanregarwen Road from the Maroondah Highway near Alexandra through to Molesworth.
The Yea – Murrindindi Fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a North Easterly direction and is estimated to be around 100,000 hectares in size.
The Yea – Murrindindi Fire has threatened containment lines along the Eastern side of Black Range and fire fighters are now constructing lines around Connellys Creek Road, along the boundary of the Eastern side of Black Ridge and along the Whanregawen Road. Some spotting may occur in the Scruby Creek road area.
The following communities need to remain alert due to fire activity and some flare ups: Yarck, Caveat. Taggerty, Cathedral Lane and Rubicon, Connellys Creek, Acheron, Crystal Creek, Crystal Creek Road, Narbethong, Scrubby Creek and along Whanregarwen Road from the Maroondah Highway near Alexandra through to Molesworth.
The Thornton, Snobs Creek and Eildon communities still need to remain vigilant.
Please Note: Alexandra residents are advised that there is no immediate threat to the township however residents are asked to remain vigilant.
Fire fighting agencies and the community continue to work, towards improving Alexandra’s preparations. 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.
Road closures currently in place: for information visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Emergency relief centres are located at:
Alexandra Secondary College and Community Complex, Broadford Shire Hall on Murchison Street and Wallan multi purpose Centre Bendpink Street Ph 5783 1450
Community meetings are being held at: Marysville Community meeting – Will not be held on Tuesday 10th Feb. Residents will be advised when a date, venue and time has been organised and confirmed.
Alexandra – Current Updates
Eildon – Current updates
Resources committed to this fire are: 40 trucks & 4 Slip Ons 8 dozers 3 aircraft approx 300 personnel
Resources are made up of: From NSW 2 Pumper/Tankers, 3 Pumpers NSW 10 Tankers (1 Strike Team and 1 Task Force)CFA 25 Tankers (5 Strike teams) DSE 4 Slip ons 1 DSE Tanker CFA & DSE Personnel 300 MFB 5 Tankers (1 Strike Team) and 8 Command Vehicles
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