Alert message for Yarck and Caveat.
The Yea – Murrindindi Fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a North East 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 along the Whanregarwen Road.
Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities in the vicinity of Yarck and Caveat should be alert for possible spot fires thrown ahead of the main fire. The Alexandra, Thornton, Snobs Creek and Eildon communities still need to remain vigilant, but are under no immediate threat of fire.
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: for information visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Emergency relief centres are located at: Alexandra Secondary College Community Leisure Centre, Broadford Shire Hall on Murchison Street and Wallan multi purpose Centre Bendpink Street Ph 5783 1450
Community meeting postponed: Marysville Community meeting – Will NOT be held today, however, residents will be advised when a date, venue and time has been organised and confirmed
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