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This Advice message is being issued for Bennies, Cheshunt South, Markous, Rose River, Top Crossing, Wabonga.

  • Fire crews have been busy overnight containing spotting from yesterday afternoon in the Upper Rose River.
  • Today (15 January), crews and heavy machinery will continue establishing containment lines.
  • Fire remains active in the Mt Emu area. Crews will be backburning to manage the spread of the fire. This will increase smoke. 
  • You must monitor conditions and be ready to act. The situation could change at any time.
  • Thunderstorm activity with potential for heavy rainfall is forecast in bushfire affected areas later this evening and for the next few days. Be vigilant of your surrounds and conditions as they change before, during and after storms.
  • Thunderstorms increase the risk of power and communication outages. Restoration of these services may be delayed due to safety risks.
  • In burnt areas the soil is less able to absorb water. Rainfall can lead to flash flooding and greater risk of landslides.
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.
  • Please note that the Wangaratta Relief Centres at the Performing Arts Centre and Wangaratta Showground are closing as of today (15 January). People seeking assistance with personal hardship can contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Rowan St Wangaratta or phone 03 5722 0555.
  • A relief centre is open at Latchford Barracks, 81 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla.
Impacts in your area: 
  • The Rose River Road at Patrol Track, Upper Rose River is closed. Local residents can access with identification.
  • Smoke may be visible from nearby roads and communities. 
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 16/01/2020 09:50 am 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.