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This Community Notification replaces the message issued Saturday at 3:14 pm and is for Bairnsdale, Kalimna, Lake Tyers, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Nicholson, Paynesville, Raymond Island, Swan Reach and surrounds

  • The bushfire north of the Bairnsdale is not yet under control.
  • The fire is active to the north of Bullumwaal in the Ryan Peak area and firefighters are backburning and building containment lines.
  • Aircraft are assisting monitor the movement of the fire.
  • Fire activity will increase as the weather warms over the next few days.
  • Smoke is affecting air quality; current information about air quality in your area is available at EPA AirWatch.
  • At this time, there is no direct fire threat in this area. These areas are open for normal business.
There is no immediate threat to the community but you should continue to monitor the situation.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 03:10 pm or as the situation changes.

More information is available in this community newsletter

Relief Centres:
  • Bairnsdale Football Pavilion, 40 Macarthur Street, Bairnsdale
  • The Bairnsdale relief centre has a range of facilities and services available including: meals, showers, temporary accommodation, free wifi, first aid and medical advice.There is also space for caravans, camper vans and tents. 
  • The East Gippsland Shire Council customer service centre is at 24 Service Street, Bairnsdale.  There is a representative from the Insurance Council to assist affected property owners with their insurance claim. 
  • Recovery Hotline number 1800 100 298
Livestock Welfare:  
  • If you are concerned or need advice about livestock you should contact Agriculture Victoria on 1800 226 226.
  • Landholders who need emergency fodder, and those who want to donate fodder to help out, should contact the VFF on 1300 882 833 or email fodder@vff.org.au 
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).
  • For information about bushfire smoke and your health to this EPA site
  • If you cannot smell smoke you are not likely to be exposed to smoke and it will therefore not affect you.

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.