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This Advice message is being issued for Bright, Eurobin, Freeburgh, Germantown, Ovens, Porepunkah, Smoko.

  • There are multiple fires burning in the Abbeyard and Upper Buckland areas.
  • Backburning operations are progressing well. With favourable weather conditions today, crews will continue back-burning and managing the spread of the fire. This will result in additional smoke.  
  • While fire conditions have eased in the area, the situation can change at any time. 
  • You must monitor conditions and be ready to act.
  • An upgraded message will be issued if the situation changes.
There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed, monitor conditions and plan for what you will do if the situation changes.
What you should do: 
  • Monitor warnings so you can act quickly if the situation changes.
Impacts in your area: 
  • The Buckland Valley Road is closed at the Porepunkah roundabout.
  • The Mt Buffalo Rd is closed at the Olive Farm. Local residents and business owners are able to enter these points but must have their identification.
  • Smoke may 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 03:20 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: 
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.