Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 9:06 AM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Brookville.

The bushfire at Marthavale Barmouth Spur that is not yet under control.
The bushfire is travelling in a northerly direction towards Brookville.
Spot fires are occurring several kilometres ahead of the fire front.
The Great Alpine Road is closed between Ensay and Bruthen.
A relief centre is open at the Omeo Memorial Hall in Omeo.
Weather conditions influencing this fire can change rapidly.

Remain vigilant and aware of what is happening in your area.
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.
Avoid entering forest areas anywhere north of Bairnsdale as fire situations may change rapidly due to spot fires.
Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
The Great Alpine Road is closed between Ensay and Bruthen.
If you use private water sources such as a water tank, your water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash, soot, fire retardant or dead animals.
The most effective way to prevent contamination of your tank is to make sure it is properly sealed and to disconnect downpipes.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 21/12/2019 01:10 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:
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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