Downgrade Message – Alert to Awareness – Beechworth Fire 6.00pm 12/02/2009

Downgrade Message – Alert to Awareness – Beechworth Fire 6.00pm

Downgrade Message – Alert to Awareness – The communities of Beechworth, Myrtleford, Stanley, Dederang, Gundowring, Gundowring Upper, Glen Creek,Kergunyah South, Mudgeegonga, Bruarong, Kancoona, Kancoona South, Murmungee, Yackandandah and Running Creek
12/02/2009

Incident Information

The Beechworth Fire is currently burning within containment lines in the Beechworth, Myrtleford and Stanley areas. The fire has burnt approximately 30,000 hectares and mild weather conditions are helping fire fighters contain the fire.

The communities of Beechworth, Myrtleford, Stanley, Dederang, Gundowring, Gundowring Upper, Glen Creek, Kergunyah South, Mudgeegonga, Bruarong, Kancoona, Kancoona South, Murmungee, Yackandandah and Running Creek are currently not under threat from this fire.

Residents from these areas need to be aware that there is still fire activity in the area due to backburning operations. These operations will assist fire fighters to contain the fire, but will cause increased smoke levels.

Any change to the current fire situation will be immediately communicated on ABC radio.

Core Advice
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.
Be aware of residual burning- remember logs and trees may continue to burn or smoulder for a number of days.
Road use in the area may still be hazardous. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, wildlife and emergency services vehicles.
Residents should expect that many branches may fall from nearby trees in the next few days, and should be vigilant to protect themselves from injury.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Additional Information
Road closures currently in place: please refer to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Emergency relief centres are located at:

Indigo Shire: Chiltern Memorial Hall in Conness Street, Chiltern and;

Alpine Shire: Senior Citizens Centre, Smith Street, Myrtleford.

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 www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires

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