Awareness message for the general community of Victoria
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, they 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.
Due to a wind change overnight Wimmera residents will be experiencing an increased amount of smoke haze over the community today. The community is ensured that this smoke is occurring as a result of the wind change and is being generated from the Fires in the North East and East of Victoria, not from the recent fires on the weekend in Horsham.
Smoke may also be seen and smelt across other areas of Victoria
Road users are advised to take extra care as road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility from smoke.
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