Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Yarra 4:00 pm Alert Message for Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Yarra – Reefton & Armstrong Creek 14/02/2009

Alert Message Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Yarra 4:00 pm

Alert Message for Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – Yarra – Reefton & Armstrong Creek
14/02/2009

Incident Information

The fire activity in the O’Shannassy and Armstrong Catchments area has increased, the communities of Reefton and Armstrong Creek need to be aware that fire activity in the area has increased and has the potential to impact directly.

Fires continue to burn in the vicinity of the Upper Yarra Dam, and East of Big Pats Creek, 3kms South of East Warburton. Residents are advised these fires do not currently pose a threat to communities, but should remain vigilant and aware of localised change in conditions.

Residents in the Yarra Valley including communities in the vicinity of Warburton, East Warburton, Wesburn, Millgrove, Yarra Junction, Gladysdale, Powelltown, Launching Place, Don Valley, Hoddles Creek, Woori Yallock, Yellingbo, Seville and Wandin may be experiencing increased smoke from these fires.

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.
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.

Additional Information
Tourists are advised to avoid the following areas: Communities as listed above.

Information on updated road closures is available on the VicRoads website http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Emergency relief centres are located at:

Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, Bell Street, Yarra Glen

Community Meetings are being held at:

Mechanics Hall, Warburton Hwy off Thomas Ave, Warburton, Merlways 290 B4, tomorrow 15 February at 6.00pm

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 or http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/