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This Watch & Act message is being issued for Buldah, Chandlers Creek, Weeragua, Wingan River.

**This Watch and Act message replaces the Watch and Act message issued at 9:13pm 14th January.***

  • There is a bushfire in the Cann Valley that is not yet under control
  • Fire activity has increased in Chandlers Creek, Weeragua, Noorinbee, Noorinbee North & Buldah.
  •  We remind people to obey road closures. This is for your own safety. It is not safe to drive on these roads until they have been treated for hazardous trees and other damage. There is still active fire in some of these areas. Fire damaged trees kill. It is not always obvious that a tree has been impacted by fire. 
  • Firefighters and the ADF 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.
What you should do: 
  • Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
  • Enact your fire survival plan.
  • If you are away from home, do not return. 
  • If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.
Impacts in your area: 
  • The following roads are closed: 
  • Princes Highway is closed from Orbost through to the NSW border.
  • 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.   

For information on health services status and availability in impacted areas visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief   

 East Gippsland Shire Council Bushfire Information available here: https://www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/Bushfire_information   

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 01:40 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.