Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert for Mansfield Grass Fire 6.30pm 11/02/2009

Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert for Mansfield Grass Fire 6.30pm

Downgrade Message – Mansfield Grass fire no longer threatening communities
11/02/2009

Incident Information

The Mansfield grass fire burning 5 kilometres south east of Mansfield, near Rifle Butts Road is burning in a northerly direction. The fire is no longer posing a threat to the communities of Rifle Butts Road, Pollards Road, Ogilvies Road, Monkey Gully Road, Highten Road, Hilton Court and Crosbys Road to the south eastern side of Mansfield however communities need to be aware of fire activity in area

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

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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