Alert Message for Residents of Yarck and Caveat
The forest fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a North North Easterly direction and is estimated to be 93,000 hectares in size. Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities of Yarck and Caveat need to be aware that fire activity in the area has increased and has the potential to impact directly.
The previous Urgent Threat message for the Murrindindi fire remains in place.
The following communities may be directly impacted upon by this fire:
Connellys Creek, Acheron, Crystal Creek, Crystal Creek Road, Scrubby Creek and along Whanregarwen Road from the Maroondah Highway near Alexandra through to Molesworth.
The following communities need to remain alert due to fire activity: Taggerty, Cathedral Lane and Rubicon. Fire fighters are continuing to consolidate lines.
The Thornton, Snobs, and Eildon communities still need to remain vigilant.
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.
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
Recovery information: 5772 0394 or 5772 0393
Other information: Animal Health an welfare ring Health wildlife on 0417 380 687
Resources committed to this fire are: 30 trucks 10 dozers 2 aircraft approx 170 personnel
Resources are made up of: From NSW 2 Pumper/Tankers, 3 Pumpers, CFA 20 Tankers, DSE 4 Slip Ons 1 DSE Tanker, CFA & DSE Personnel 170
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