Awareness Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – 4:20am 15/02/2009

Awareness Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – 4:20am

Awareness Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – 4:20am
15/02/2009

Incident Information

Fire activity is present in the Donnellys Weir, Mount Riddell and Mount Juliet areas near Healesville. No properties are under threat and residents can continue to expect smoke and flame activity from these fires.

Controlled burning in the Blackrange Road vicinity is continuing. Residents in the Narbethong and Toolangi areas may experience smoke and flame activity, however no properties are currently under threat.

Fire activity and controlled burns continue in the O’Shannassy and Armstrong Catchments area.

No properties are under threat from this fire. The communities of Reefton and Armstrong Creek should remain vigilant and aware of localised changes 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 also be experiencing varying levels of 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: Healesville, Narbethong, Toolangi
Road closures Information on road closures is also available on the VicRoads Web site at 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

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