Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert for the Maroondah Yarra (Formerly known as the Toolangi and Healesville/Yarra Glen/Chum Creek Fires)
Residents in the vicinity of Dowd Road, Romeo Road, Anderson Road, Gibbs Road, Juliet Avenue and Donald Street in Healesville are no longer under direct threat from fire, but still need to remain alert due to a high level of fire activity still in the area.
Fires also continue to burn south east of Toolangi and east of Healesville. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and be aware of the localised change in conditions.
Communities surrounding these fires are advised to remain alert to fire activity.
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.
Tourists are advised to stay away from the following areas: Healesville, Chum Creek, Badger Creek, Steels Creek, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Toolangi and Castello
Road closures currently in place: visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Emergency relief centres are located at: Healesville Public Hall, Maroondah Highway Healesville
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