Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 8:45 AM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Dandongadale, Mount Buffalo.

There is a bushfire on the north west side of Mt Buffalo that is still active in the Buffalo Valley. The fire is not yet under control

Fire activity is slowing down, however conditions may change rapidly
Monitor conditions via Vic Emergency and ABC radio

Fire crews, supported by aircraft and heavy machinery are working to control the spread of the fire.

This is an updated Watch and Act and replaces the warning issued at 10.29 pm, January 17.
Stay alert and monitor conditions via Vic Emergency or ABC radio.

Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.

What you should do:
Enact your fire survival plan
If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions
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
Drive to the conditions with your headlights on. Visibility may be reduced due to smoke

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.
The closest relief centre is Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre, Smith Street Myrtleford. Otherwise, Latchford Barracks at Bonegilla is accepting people for emergency accommodation.
People seeking assistance with personal hardship can contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Rowan Street Wangaratta or phone 03 5722 0555 between the hours of 8:45 am and 5 pm

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
Buffalo River Rd is closed at Nimmos Bridge, Myrtleford.
Roads can be closed at short notice. Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures
Smoke will be visible from nearby roads and communities
Trees can be extremely hazardous during a bushfire or high winds. Avoid standing, parking or travelling in areas of fire affected trees
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 18/01/2020 03:50 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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