Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 6:13 AM.
This Emergency Warning is being issued for Brookville, Dogtown, Double Bridges, Ensay, Holstons, Nunniong, Reedy Flat, Stirling, Tambo Crossing, Timbarra, Wattle Circle.

This emergency warning replaces the Watch and Act messages for Reedy Flat and Tambo Crossing.
The bushfires in the vicinity of Ensay and Tambo Crossing are not yet under control.
These fires have now joined at the southern end and remain very active with extreme fire behaviour.
Conditions will worsen during the day with increasing temperatures and strong north westerly winds.
The bushfire is currently travelling in a south easterly direction, but will change to a north easterly direction once the predicted wind change arrives late Monday or early Tuesday morning.

Leaving now is the safest option, before conditions become too dangerous.

Leave north on the Great Alpine Road towards Swifts Creek and Omeo.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
What you should do:

Travel to:

You should leave using The Great Alpine road and head towards Swifts Creek and Omeo.
The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.
When you leave remember to take your pets, mobile phone and medications.
A relief centre is open at Park Street, Omeo.

In the car:

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

If you are unable to leave you should shelter 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, other 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:

Trees can fall across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Embers are being carried by the wind large distances ahead of the main fire and starting spot fires.
Trees can fall across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.

This messages was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 30/12/2019 09:00 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:

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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