Alert Message for the communities of Yarck and Caveat
The northern edge of the Murrindindi – Yea fire, burning about 12 kilometres south west of Alexandra is burning in a northerly direction. Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities in the vicinity of Yarck and Caveat need to be aware that fire in the area has the potential to impact directly on their properties due to increasing southerly wind strength during the day.
Residents in these areas should be alert for possible spot fires thrown ahead of the main fire.
Residents should also consider their Fire Action Plans and be pro- active in assessing whether they should be enacted.
Farmers should ensure that stock are in appropriate paddocks.
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 Leisure Centre, Broadford Shire Hall on Murchison Street and Wallan multi purpose Centre Bendpink Street Ph 5783 1450
Community meetings are being held at:
Alexandra – Current Updates
Eildon – Current updates
Trawool Fire Station
Community Meetings Postponed:
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.
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 or www.cfa.vic.gov.au/