Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 6:48 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Bemm River, Furnell, Tamboon, Tamboon South, Tonghi Creek, Wingan River.

** This is an updated Watch and Act that replaces the previous Watch and Act warning issued for this area at 2:40pm. **

There is bushfire activity around Tamboon, Tamboon South, Bemm River and Furnell that is not yet under control.
There is reports of embers impacting the Bemm River township.
A wind change is expected around 2:00am, which will cause the fire to change directions towards Furnell, Tamboon and Tamboon South. Conditions can become very dangerous and unpredictable. and push embers back into these townships.
Fire Damaged Tree's Kill. It is not always obvious that a tree has been impacted by fire. We remind people to obey road closures. This is for your own safety.
It is important that you stay aware of your surroundings, watch for travelling embers, and ensure you review your Bushfire survival plan. Stay informed, alert and monitor conditions outside.
What you should do:
Review your fire survival plan If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
If you are away from home, do not return.
Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
If you are in an isolated community you should remain where you are as it is unsafe to travel.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

If the situation changes you should Enact your Bushfire Survival Plan

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
Firefighters and the ADF are working to make roads safe prior to reopening
There are a large number of road closures in the area. Check the VicTraffic website ( or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
V/line services are also impacted. For more information visit the V/line website
There is significant smoke across East Gippsland which will impact health and visibility.
If you are driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.
Your water tank water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash, soot fire retardant or dead animals. Make sure it is properly sealed and disconnected from down pipes. For more information check this fact sheet protecting your water tank.
For further information read the latest Far East Gippsland Community Newsletter published today 15th January.
Register Find Unite People who live in the affected communities are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite even if you have left the area. or by calling 1800 727 077.
For information on health services status and availability in impacted areas visit
East Gippsland Shire Council Bushfire Information available here:
Bushfire affected residents seeking emergency water relief should contact South East Water on 131 851.

This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 11:10 pm 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:
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.
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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