Source: VIC Emergency

Emergency Warning - Bushfire

Issued Today at 7:40 PM.

This Emergency Warning replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 1pm today 31/12/19.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Cabbage Tree Creek, Brodribb River, Bellbird Creek, Bete Bolong, Cape Conran, Corringle, Jarrahmond, Manorina, Marlo, Murrungowar, Newmerella, Nurran, Orbost, Simpsons Creek, Tabbara, Waygara.
Numerous fires are still active around Orbost, Marlo, and Cabbage Tree
These fires are still very active and threatening private assets
Despite the milder conditions fire behaviour is still erratic and unpredictable.
The fire has crossed the Princes Hwy on the East side of Mt Raymond near Palm Track.
There is fire between Mt Raymond and Cabbage Tree Creek on the South side of the Hwy.
The Princes Highway is closed between Bairnsdale and Genoa.
This fire is threatening homes and lives.
The Orbost Cricket Club in Nicholson Street has been set up as an assembly area for those in nearby communities who wish to gather within the township if you do not have any safer options.
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.

The Princes Highway from Orbost through to Lakes Entrance will be temporarily opened for limited windows of time tonight (TUES) and tomorrow (WEDS).
This is to clear the backlog of people stuck in communities like Orbost, Marlo and Nowa Nowa who are running low on supplies and services. At this stage this temporary openings are for Bairnsdale west bound traffic ONLY, we are working on getting locals back in as soon as we can from tomorrow. We will keep you informed as we know more and the situation changes.
TIMES 6PM TONIGHT (TUES 31st DEC) TIL 8PM TONIGHT 10AM TIL MIDDAY TOMORROW ( WEDS 1 JAN) unless conditions change overnight
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:
The Nowa Nowa-Bruthen Road is closed between Nowa Nowa and Bruthen.
The Princes Highway is closed between Lakes Entrance and Genoa
PLEASE NOTE- The Princes Highway from Orbost through to Lakes Entrance will be temporarily opened for limited windows of time tonight (TUES) and tomorrow (WEDS). TIMES 6PM TONIGHT (TUES 31st DEC) TIL 8PM TONIGHT 10AM TIL MIDDAY TOMORROW ( WEDS 1 JAN) unless conditions change overnight
Embers are being carried by the wind large distances ahead of the main fire and starting spot fires.
Orbost and surrounding areas have lost power
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 01/01/2020 11:00 am 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:
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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