Source: VIC Emergency

Emergency Warning - Bushfire

Issued Today at 3:57 PM.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Buchan, Gelantipy, Suggan Buggan, Timbarra, W Tree, Wulgulmerang
and surrounding communities and replaces the Emergency Warning issued this morning at 9:30 am.

The bushfires in the Buchan Valley and surrounding area remain out of control.
There is active fire in the area and there is risk of ember attack and spot fires.
You must continue to remain vigilant as conditions may change.
Smoke has hampered efforts to obtain accurate information about the current fire extent, behaviour and impacts to communities. Aircraft will be used to assess the situation as visibility improves.
At the present time it is extremely difficult to access some areas using ground crews as there has been significant damage to road networks.
Many roads are inaccessible due to fallen or hazardous trees.
Roads in the area have been crossed by fire and may be blocked by fallen trees. Burnt trees will continue to fall across these roads for the coming days.
Crews are assessing road conditions to ensure the safety of road users. This will take some time due to the scale of the fires.
It is not safe to drive on these roads as trees may fall at any time.
You are in danger and need to act immediately.

The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.

You need to stay informed of the changing fire situation.
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 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 ahead of the main fire and starting spot fires.
Bushfires can generate extreme heat. Heat will kill you before the fire reaches you.
Trees can fall across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Trees can be extremely hazardous during a bushfire or high winds. Avoid standing, parking or travelling areas in of fire affected trees.
Power to communication towers east of Bairnsdale has been cut and back-up batteries will soon be exhausted. Mobile and landline services will be severely disrupted.

This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 01/01/2020 06:00 am or as the situation changes.

People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ or by calling 1800 277 077. Use Register to let people know you are safe. Use Find to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency.

Water supplies
The heavy demand on water supplies associated with the fire response has resulted in low pressure in parts of East Gippsland.
East Gippsland Water are asking customers to conserve water wherever possible.
The water treatment plants are operating normally and pressure will increase as customer demand returns to usual.

Livestock Welfare
If you are concerned aor need advice about livestock you should contact Agriculture Vicoria on 03 5152 0496. The message back on this number is being monitored so please record your message.

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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