Source: VIC Emergency

Emergency Warning - Bushfire

Issued Today at 11:24 AM.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Beetoomba, Benambra, Berringama, Biggara, Bringenbrong, Bungil, Burrowye, Cobberas, Colac Colac, Corryong, Crawford Crossing, Cudgewa, Cudgewa North, Dartmouth, Greg Greg, Guys Forest, Hodgson Crossing, Khancoban, Koetong, Lucyvale, McNamara Crossing, Mount Alfred, Mount Alfred Gap, Nariel Creek, Nariel Gap, Nariel Valley, Pine Mountain, Shelley, Staceys Bridge, Suggan Buggan, The Lightwood, Thologolong, Thowgla, Thowgla Upper, Thowgla Valley, Tintaldra, Tom Groggin, Towong, Towong Upper, Walwa, Willow Crossing.

This Emergency Warning replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 11.50am.
The large bushfire that started West South West of Walwa that is not yet under control
The bushfire travelled in a south-easterly direction on a large front
This fire is threatening homes and lives.
Bushfire embers are impacting properties south and west of Corryong.
Spotfires are starting up to 10klm's from the fire front at Tom Groggin.
The western flank of this fire is now active in the Burrowye area.
You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.
What you should do:

You should move indoors:
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from pure cotton or wool. Wear leather boots.
Bring your pets inside.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents and turn off cooling systems.
You must take shelter before the fire arrives. The extreme heat is likely to kill you well before the flames reach you.
Shelter in a room that has two exits, such as a door or window including one directly to the outside. It is important to be able to see outside so you know what is happening with the fire.
If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt. It may still be too hot to remain outside, so you'll need to seek shelter in another structure or last resort option.

If you cannot get indoors, last resort options include:
Shelter in the middle of a large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
Get into a large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

If you are travelling:
If you are travelling, do not enter the warning area. U-turn to safety.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.

If you are caught in fire in your car:
Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to cleared area.
Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
Turn on your hazard lights and headlights.
Close all windows.
Turn off the air-conditioning and shut all the air vents.
Turn your car engine off.
Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a pure woollen blanket.
Impacts in your area:
Embers are being carried by the wind large distances ahead of the main fire and starting spot fires.
The following roads are closed:
Guys Forrest Road From: Murray River Road, Burrowye To: Shelley-Walwa Road, Guys Forest
Shelley-Walwa Road (C547) From: Murray Valley Highway, Shelley To: Church Street, Walwa
Burrowye Road From: Guys Forrest Road, Burrowye To: Murray Valley Highway, Koetong
Murray Valley Highway (B400) From: Granya Road, Bullioh To: Benambra-Corryong Road, Nariel Valley
Cudgewa Valley Road (C548) From: Briggs Gap Road, Cudgewa To: Murray River Road, Tintaldra
Murray River Road (C546) From: Guys Forrest Road, Burrowye To: Murray River Road, Tintaldra
This message was issued by Tallangatta Incident Control Centre.

The next update is expected by 31/12/2019 04:30 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 pre-existing health problems, 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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