Downgrade message – Alert to Awareness – 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.
Residents in the general Gembrook area no longer need to remain on alert, as lighter overnight conditions will result in reduced fire activity. With expected easterly winds tomorrow, they will still experience smoke in the area from ongoing blacking out and back burning operations.
People in the area will still need to remain vigilant, and should continue listening to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
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.
Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
Control lines are currently being established and secured on the Nth Eastern and Nth Western sectors of this fire.
Overnight conditions, including increased relative humidity, and light easterly winds, are expected to assist in suppression efforts.
East/Stheasterly winds are expected on Friday, strengthening from 15 – 30kmh in the morning, and easing off in the afternoon.
There are currently teams from WA and Tasmania on night shifts working in conjunction with local DSE & CFA crews on the fire.
Tourists are advised that the following parks are now closed to public access:
Bunyip State Park, Kurth Kiln Regional Park, Tarago Forest
For road closure information go to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
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 or https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/