Downgrade Message – Alert to Awarness Koetong – Dry Forest Creek 2:15pm
The Koetong – Dry Forest Creek fire, burning 8 kilometres southwest of Shelley and 11 km South East of Koetong is burning in a North Westerleydirection and is estimated to be about 40 hectares in size. The communities of Shelley, Koetong and Darbyshire no longer need to be on alert as the fire activity in the area has subsided
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.
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