Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 3:34 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Buckland, Buffalo Creek, Buffalo River, Eurobin, Merriang, Merriang South, Mount Buffalo, Myrtleford, Nug Nug, Ovens, Porepunkah.

There is a bushfire in the Mt Buffalo area that is out of control.
The bushfire is travelling from the northern side of Mt Buffalo in a north-easterly direction. With the influence of topography, the fire could also head in an easterly direction.
Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
What you should do:
Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
If you are away from home, do not return.

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should leave:
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
The Buffalo River Road is closed at McLees Road, Lake Buffalo.
The Buckland Valley Road is closed at Devils Creek Rd.
The Mt Buffalo Rd is closed at the Olive Farm (307 Mt Buffalo Rd). Local residents and business owners can enter with identification.
Bushfires can spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
Bushfires can start spot fires and embers large distances ahead of the main fire.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 16/01/2020 09:00 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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