Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 6:07 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Boggy Creek, Bullumwaal.

The fire 6 km north of Bullumwaal near Ryans Peak and Blaze Road is not yet under control.
Fire activity has increased and the fire is now spreading in the Morris Peak Road area north of Ashlin Track.
The fire is now approximately 6 km from Tabberabbera.
Whilst the fire is spreading in a north-westerly direction, high level winds are causing ash and embers to fall in the area, including areas south of Blaze Road.
Wind changes this evening may intensify fire behaviour and increase fire movement.
Firefighters and heavy machinery are working on Morris Peak Road, Ashlin Track and Blaze Road.
Thick smoke in the area is affecting air quality; current information is available at EPA AirWatch
Enact your bushfire survival plan - If you choose to leave, travel south towards Bairnsdale on the Bullumwaal Road.

Continue to monitor the situation and stay informed as conditions may change rapidly.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
What you should do:
Monitor weather warnings at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency
If you are away from home, do not return.

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should leave:
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Emergency vehicles and heavy machinery are working in the area.
Smoke is limiting visibility, please turn on your headlights and drive to conditions.
Trees that have been damaged by fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 16/01/2020 10:10 am or as the situation changes.

Read this community newsletter for more information.

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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