Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 1:38 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Bendoc, Bendoc North, Bendoc Upper, Bonang, Combienbar, Delegate River, Haydens Bog.

The bushfire edge south of Bonang is currently not yet under control.
The bushfire is travelling in a north easterly direction towards Bonang.
Expected weather conditions with strong winds are likely to increase fire behaviour.
The situation can change at any time and conditions can become very dangerous, you must monitor conditions and be ready to act.
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 you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
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.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.
Find information on protecting yourself and your family: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
Road conditions and access is continually changing. Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
For information on road closures in New South Wales check Live Traffic NSW (livetraffic.com/desktop.html) or call; 132 701
There will significant smoke in the area which may impact on visibility and health.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 03/02/2020 07:40 pm or as the situation changes.

Far East Gippsland Newsletter can be found here.

More information on financial assistance, drinking water, power, livestock and health can be found on the East Gippsland Shire Council website: www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/Bushfire_information.

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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