Awareness Message – Initial Advice -Yea-Murrindindi Fire – 3.30pm 12/02/2009

Awareness Message – Initial Advice -Yea-Murrindindi Fire – 3.30pm

Awareness Message to communities around Narbethong

Incident Information

The Yea – Murrindindi fire burning near Alexandra is burning in a northerly direction and is estimated to be around 110,000 hectares

Residents and communities around Narbethong are advised that there is fire activity South of Narbethong and the surrounding area and these communities are asked to remain vigilant.

Asset protection works are continuing in the area, with a team monitoring fire activity and construction of containment lines.

Core Advice
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.
Keep patrolling for embers around your property.
Be aware of residual burning after the main fire front has passed – remember logs and trees may continue to burn or smoulder for a number of days.
Watch out for hazards when walking around burnt areas. There may be sharp objects and areas that are still very hot and capable of causing serious burns.
Road use in the area will still be extremely hazardous due to low visibility from smoke. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, wildlife and emergency services vehicles.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Additional Information
For information on fires in 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 or

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