Alert Message – Update 8.22pm
The Yea – Murrindindi Fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a Northerly direction and is estimated to be around 108,000 hectares in size.
Residents in the following areas are advised that fire conditions for today have moderated and there is no likelihood of spotting ahead of the fire: Yarck, Caveat, Cathkin, and in the vicinity of the following roads Spaniaks Rd, Killingworth Rd, Frog Ponds Rd, Murrindindi Rd, Cheviot Rd and Nashs Rd.
There have been a number of changes in road closure status over the last hour: Check for latest information
Residents in these areas should remain vigilant but there is no immediate threat from fire.
The Alexandra, Thornton, Rubicon, Snobs Creek and Eildon communities also need to remain vigilant, and are under no immediate threat of fire.
Report any flaming embers to 000. Burnt material will not start fires even though they may be smoking.
Fire fighting agencies and the community continue to work towards improving Alexandra’s preparations and extensive fire protection works have been completed.
Residents should also consider their Fire Action Plans and be pro- active in assessing whether they should be enacted.
Farmers should ensure that stock is in appropriate secured paddocks, be aware that fences have been cut during the construction of control lines.
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.
Be prepared to activate your bushfire survival plan if necessary.
Decide now if you are going to stay or go. Remember that it is very dangerous to leave late with a fire in the area. Road use in the area will be extremely hazardous due to low visibility from smoke. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, wildlife and emergency services vehicles.
If you plan to stay, remember to seek shelter from radiant heat. Should the fire reach your property, close all doors and windows and stay inside the house while the fire passes. Remain alert, extinguish any small fires and if necessary, move outside to burnt ground once the fire has passed.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Emergency relief centres are located at: Alexandra Community Leisure Centre, Yea Recreational Reserve and Wallan multi purpose Centre Bendpink Street Ph 5783 1450
Yarck Community meeting – tomorrow 12 February, Yarck Hall at 11:00 am
Recovery information: 5772 0394 or 5772 0393
Other information: Animal Health and welfare ring:
Wildlife on 0417 380 687
Livestock 1800 240 667
Companion Animal RSPCA 9224 2222
Resources committed to this fire are: 40 trucks & 4 Slip-ons 8 dozers 3 aircraft approx 300 personnel
Resources are made up of: From NSW 2 Pumper/Tankers, 3 Pumpers
NSW 10 Tankers (1 Strike Team and 1 Task Force)
CFA 25 Tankers (5 Strike teams)
DSE 4 Slip ons 1 DSE Tanker
CFA & DSE Personnel 435
MFB 5 Tankers (1 Strike Team)
8 Command Vehicles