Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert: The communities of Currawong Drive, Gembrook are no longer under direct threat from this fire, but still need to remain alert due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.
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 Currawong Drive, Gembrook are no longer under direct threat from this fire, but still need to remain alert due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.
Residents around East Beenak Rd to the Pack Track in Gembrook need to be aware that fire activity is continuing in the area and has the potential to impact directly.
There will still be increased smoke in the area due to blacking out and back burning being undertaken as part of suppression efforts.
People in the area need to remain alert as there may not be a warning should conditions change unexpectedly. Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
Keep patrolling for embers around your property.
Be aware of residual burning after the main fire front has passed – remember logs and trees may continue to burn or smoulder for a number of days.
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.
Road use in the area will still be extremely hazardous due to low visibility from smoke. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, wildlife and emergency services vehicles.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
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