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This Advice message is being issued for Omeo, Swifts Creek, Brookville, Cassilis, Cobungra, Bindi, Benambra, Ensay, Tambo Crossing and surrounding communities.

There are numerous large uncontrolled bushfires burning around the Tambo Valley, Benambra and Cobungra areas.

Today firefighters are working to consolidate control lines: 
  • along the east side of Angora Range, west of Ensay;
  • undertake tree hazard work to finalise the construction of control lines on South Escarpment Track and Upper Little River Road, Bindi.
  • continue private property protection works along Cassilis Road.
  • continue preparation works for burning out at Zig Zag, Mount Phipps and Groves Gap Roads. 
  • burning out preparation works from Beloka to Limestone Road and begin control line construction from Beloka to Corryong Road.
  • Smoke is limiting visibility, stock and wildlife maybe present on roads. 
  • Please turn on headlights, drive to conditions and do not bypass road closures.
  • Smoke is affecting air quality; current information about air quality in your area is available at www.epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch.
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 planning to leave, travel south on the Great Alpine Road towards Bairnsdale.
  • Motorists should drive with care as strong winds and rain may have dislodged rocks or trees. 
  • Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.  
  • Find information on protecting yourself and your family: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/.
Impacts in your area: 
  • Firefighters are patrolling this fire.  
  • Heavy machinery are operating in the area.  
  • Smoke is visible from nearby roads and communities. 
  • The Great Alpine Road is closed between Omeo and Harrietville. 
  • Do not bypass road blocks, roads in the area have been crossed by the fire and may be blocked by fallen trees.  
  • Burnt trees will continue to fall across these roads in the coming days.  
  • Department of Health and Human Services advises that tap water in Omeo IS NOT SAFE for drinking.   
  • Bottled water for drinking is available at the Omeo Recreation Reserve and relief centres.
  • People can fill drinking water containers from large tanks at the Omeo Recreation Reserve.
  • Your tank water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash, soot, fire retardant or dead animals. Make sure it is properly sealed and disconnected from downpipes.   
  • For more information check this fact sheet protecting your water tank
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 16/01/2020 09:30 am or as the situation changes.

Read this community newsletter for more information.

People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at Register.Find.Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ or by calling 1800 727 077.  Use Register to let people know you are safe. Use Find to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency.   

Relief Centres: 
  • There is a relief centre at 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.  
  • The recovery hotline number is 1800 100 298
Livestock welfare: 
  • If you are concerned or need advice about livestock you should contact Agriculture Victoria on 1800 226 226.  This message service is monitored.    For stock disposal enquiries please contact East Gippsland Shire.    
  • VFF are accepting fodder donations and coordinating requests for fodder 1300 88 28 33 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).
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.