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This Advice message is being issued for Barwidgee, Bobinawarrah, Bowmans Forest, Carboor, Carboor East, Carboor Upper, Cheshunt, Cheshunt South, Claremont, Edi, Edi Upper, Gapsted, Hyem, Jarrott, King Valley, Kneebones Gap, Markwood, Meadow Creek, Merriang, Merriang South, Myrrhee, Myrtleford, Pieper, Whitfield, Whitlands, Whorouly, Whorouly East, Whorouly South.
  • Overnight, crews have continued backburning in the Mt Emu area. The fire has been quite active in the south of the Rose River.
  • With favourable weather conditions over the next few days, crews will continue back burning to manage the spread of the fire. This will result in additional smoke in the valleys over the next few days.
  • Fire activity can change quickly in this area. You must monitor conditions and be ready to act.
  • An upgraded message will be issued if fire activity increases.
Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing. 

If you feel unsure or unsafe, you should enact your fire survival plan early.  
What you should do: 
  • If you are away from home, you may return. 

Impacts in your area: 
  • The Rose River Road at Patrol Track is closed. Local residents can access with identification.
  • Roads can close 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. 
  • Monitor air quality in your area at EPA AirWatch epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch.
  • P2 smoke face masks are available for free and for sensitive people at relief centres, health centres and pharmacies.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 12:10 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: 
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.