Awareness Message – General Community 13/2/09
awareness message for the general community
The fires around Melbourne are generating a large amount of smoke.
Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are advised that due to extent of bushfires around Victoria in the past week, Victorians may be experiencing increased smoke from both going fires and fire suppression activities being undertaken by DSE and CFA Fire Crews.
This includes smoke potentially drifting into areas of metropolitan Melbourne.
Winds from either the north or east are likely to bring smoke into Melbourne. The smoke may be more noticeable at night or early morning when overnight inversions trap the smoke near ground level.
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.
For regular updates on fire activity, please refer to:
o continue to listen to ABC and local radio.
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/