Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Awareness Bunyip Ridge Fire 4.00 pm 13/02/2009

Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Awareness Bunyip Ridge Fire 4.00 pm

Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Awareness for residents in the Morrisons Rd, Wimpole Rd, Tonimbuk Rd
13/02/2009

Incident Information

The small fire burning approximately 4 kilometres Nth East of Bunyip as part of the Bunyip Ridge fire is now contained. Residents in the Morrisons Rd, Wimpole Rd, Tonimbuk Rd areas are no longer under direct threat from this fire, but still need to remain aware of ongoing fire activity still in the area.

Residents in the general area of Labertouche may be experiencing smoke and falling embers, as other outbreaks are still occurring within current containment lines.

Core Advice
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.

Additional Information
Traffic in the area should be aware of emergency service vehicles operating in and around this area.
The public is advised to stay away from these areas while fire suppression efforts are underway.

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

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