Source: VIC Emergency

Emergency Warning - Grass Fire

Issued Today at 4:19 PM.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Bamganie, Lethbridge, Meredith, Shelford, Teesdale.

There is a grassfire at Mount Mercer that is out of control.

The grassfire is travelling from Grahams Road in a south-easterly direction towards Shelford and Teesdale.

Firefighters have been unable to stop the fire and it has crossed Gundies Road and is moving towards Shelford and Teesdale.

You are in danger, act now to protect yourself. It is too late to leave. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.

Do not get in the car and drive. It is safer to stay where you are.
What you should do:

Quickly move indoors:
Bring your pets indoors.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents.
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.

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 in-ground pool.
Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

In the car:
If you are travelling, do not enter the warning area. Turn around and drive to safety.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

If caught in fire:
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 woollen blanket.
Impacts in your area:
Grassfires can generate extreme heat. Heat will kill you before the flames reach you.
Grassfires can start and spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 20/12/2019 07:20 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:
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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