Downgrade Message – Alert to Awareness for the communities of Powelltown, Gilderoy, Three Bridges, Basan Corner and Saint Benedicts and Currawong Drive, East Beenak Rd to the Pack Track in Gembrook
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.
The communities of Powelltown, Gilderoy, Three Bridges, Basan Corner and Saint Benedicts and Currawong Drive, East Beenak Rd to the Pack Track in Gembrook no longer need to be on alert as the fire activity in the area has subsided.
Crews are patrolling these areas. People in the area do need to remain vigilant. Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
There may be increased amounts of smoke in the area from this fire.
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 InformationTourists are advised to avoid the following areas: Bunyip State Park, Kurth Kiln Regional Park, Tarago Forest
Road closures currently in place:
Please refer to the Vic Roads website at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Emergency relief centres are located at:
Warragul Leisure Centre, Burke St, Warragul
Community meetings are being held at:
– 10.02.09 – 3.00pm Jindivick Mechanics Institute Hall, Jackson’s Track, Jindivick.
– 10.02.09 – 7:00pm JD Algie Memorial Hall, Main Road, Neerim South
– 10.02.09 – 7:00pm Neerim Junction Public Hall, 2957 Main Neerim Road, Neerim Junction
– 10.02.09 – 8:30pm Noojee Public Hall, Henty Rd, Noojee
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.
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