Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert -Tecoma Terry’s Ave, Fire – 7:45pm 15/02/2009

Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert -Tecoma Terry’s Ave, Fire – 7:45pm

Downgrade Message – Urgent Threat to Alert for Terry’s Ave to Sandells Road, Tecoma
15/02/2009

Incident Information

The grass and scrub fire, burning near Terry’s Ave and Sandells Road, Tecoma, near Belgrave (Melway Map reference 75 E6) is not currently posing a threat. The communities of Ferny Creek, Sherbrooke, Kallista, Tecoma & Belgrave are no longer under direct threat from this fire, but still need to remain alert due to the continued fire activity still in the area.

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
Tourists are advised to avoid the following areas: Tecoma and Belgrave
Road closures currently in place:

For Road Closures please check the VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Resources committed to this fire are:

22 trucks, 1 dozer, 135 personnel
Other information:

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