Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 8:46 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Abbeyard, Dandongadale, Wongungarra, Wonnangatta.
There are multiple fires burning in the Abbeyard area that are not yet under control.
The fire has been active on the south western slopes of Mt Buffalo. Fire crews and heavy machinery will continue preparing containment lines in the area today.
Fire crews are making good progress backburning in the Demon Ridge area to the east of the fire.
You must monitor conditions and be ready to act. The situation could change at any time.
Thunderstorm activity with potential for heavy rainfall is forecast in bushfire affected areas later this evening and for the next few days. Be vigilant of your surrounds and conditions as they change before, during and after storms.
Thunderstorms increase the risk of power and communication outages. Restoration of these services may be delayed due to safety risks.
In burnt areas the soil is less able to absorb water. Rainfall can lead to flash flooding and greater risk of landslides.
An Emergency Warning will be issued if the risk to communities increases.
Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.

What you should do:
If you are away from home, you may return.

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe or unsure you should leave:
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area or go to a relief centre.

Please note that the Wangaratta Relief Centres at the Performing Arts Centre and Wangaratta Showground are closed as of 15 January.
People seeking assistance with personal hardship can contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Rowan St Wangaratta or phone 03 5722 0555.
A relief centre is open at Latchford Barracks, 81 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla.
People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at: Regiter.Find.Reunite (https://register.redcross.org.au/ ) or by calling 1800 727 077 to let people know you are safe. Use Find to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency.
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Impacts in your area:
The Buffalo River Road is closed at Glanford Road, Lake Buffalo.
Roads may be closed at short notice. Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
Monitor air quality in your area at EPA AirWatch epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch.
P2 smoke face masks are available for free and for sensitive people at relief centres, health centres and pharmacies.

This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 16/01/2020 02:50 am or as the situation changes.

Health information:
If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
If you can see or smell smoke, please note:
Smoke can affect people's health.
People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
VicEmergency app.
Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
Accessibility:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.

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