Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 3:08 PM.

It is strongly recommended that you Evacuate Now if you are located in Goongerah and Martins Creek.

The bushfire to the west of Goongerah is not yet under control.
This fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Goongerah and Martins Creek
Victoria Police have conducted doorknocks over the past two days, asking residents to evacuate.
You are advised that you need to leave now.
This may be your last opportunity to do so before fire activity increases.
The fire may impact the Goongerah and Martins Creek areas anytime over the next 48 hours.
If you are located in Goongerah and Martins Creek it is strongly recommended that you evacuate now and move to a safer location away from the fire.
What you should do:

This warning is current to 7.00pm Saturday 28 December. Evacuation after this time is considered life threatening. After 7.00pm Saturday 28 December it may be too late to leave. Shelter indoors when the fire arrives - protect yourself from the radiant heat.

Evacuate now:

When you leave remember to take your pets, mobile phone and charger.
If you are away from home; do not return.
If you choose to stay, emergency services may not be able to help you.

Travel to a safer location. Options include:

A relief centre is open at Orbost Community Sports Centre, 40 Arnold Street.
The home of family or friends away from the warning and fire areas.
If you evacuate to a family or friend's house you should register with the Red Cross Register. Find. Reunite service to help others find you.

Residents in Goongerah and Martins Creek should leave via Bonang Road.

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.
Drive with caution and to the road conditions. Turn on your headlights.

If you are unable to leave and the fire is approaching you should seek shelter inside:
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents. Turn off cooling systems.
Shelter in a room that has a door and or a window to the outside. It is critical to keep an eye on what is happening with the fire.
Impacts in your area:
The Bonang Road is closed for access into Goonegrah and Martins Creek
Trees can fall across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Thick smoke and haze will continue to affect visibility.
Ash and embers may fall in areas well before the fire arrives.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 28/12/2019 07:00 pm or as the situation changes.

Evacuation information:
Victoria Police Community Evacuation Information.
For information on what to do with your pets.
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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