The Bunyip Ridge fire is burning in the Bunyip State Park and State Forest areas between Gembrook, Powelltown, Neerim Junction and Tonimbuk and is estimated to be approximately 25,000 hectares in size.
Backburning operations will be undertaken in the Mt Beenak area overnight. As a result of this, residents in and around Gembrook are likely to experience ongoing smoke across the area. The fires do not pose a direct threat to residents.
People in the area will still need to remain vigilant, and should continue listening to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
There may be increased amounts of smoke in the area from this fire.
Road users are advised to take extra care as road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility from smoke.
Even though this fire does not currently pose a threat, people in high risk bushfire areas are reminded to have a bushfire survival plan ready to implement during the summer period.
Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
The public are asked not to unnecessarily travel into areas where back burning operations are continuing due to the number of emergency service vehicles operating there.
Control lines continue to be established and secured on the Nth Eastern and Nth Western sectors of this fire.
Due to certain weather conditions, residents in areas where backburning is occurring may experience smoke settling closer to the ground.
East/North Easterly winds are expected overnight, and will be moderating to 15kmh.
Shire of Cardinia residents who have been affected by the fire and require assistance should contact the council on 1300 787 624. This line is open 24 hours. The Recovery Centre that has been running in Bunyip will now close on Saturday 14 February at 1:00pm.
Baw Baw Shire residents should call 1300 859 446 for recovery information.
The Red Cross registration line is 1800 727 077.
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 https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/home