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This Advice message is being issued for Genoa, Gipsy Point, Karbethong, Lake View, Mallacoota, Maramingo Creek, Wallagaraugh, Wangarabell, Wingan River, Wroxham.

  • Bushfires in Far East Gippsland are not yet under control.
  • Firefighters and the Australian Defence Force crews are working to make roads safe prior to reopening. This will take some time due to the scale of the fires. There are 4,900kms of road to assess and treat for hazardous trees and other damage.
  • Fire damaged trees kill. It is not always obvious that a tree has been impacted by fire. We remind people to obey road closures. This is for your own safety.
  • For further information read the latest newsletter Far East Gippsland Community Newsletter published today 13th January.
Monitor changes to the situation. 

There is currently no threat to you, but you should plan for what you will do if the situation changes. 
What you should do: 
  • If you are away from home, do not return.
  • If you are in an isolated community you should remain where you are as it is unsafe to travel.
Impacts in your area: 
Road Closures:
  • The Princes Highway is currently closed from Orbost to the NSW border.
  • The Monaro Highway is closed from Cann River to the NSW border.
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.

Register Find Unite:
People who live in the affected communities are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite even if you have left the area. https://register.redcross.org.au/ or by calling 1800 727 077.

Essential community needs can be reported to Orbost ICC by phoning 5761 1361, 5761 1319 or texting 0427 425 392.

For information on health services status and availability in impacted areas visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief
Bushfire affected residents seeking emergency water relief should contact South East Water on 131 851.

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).
  • For information on maintaining watertanks before, during and after bushfires go to Bushfires and Your Private Drinking Water
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.