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This Watch & Act message is being issued for Bemm River, Tonghi Creek, Wingan River.

** This is an updated Watch and Act that replaces the warning issued at 12:00am 15th January. **

  • There is increased bushfire activity around the Tamboon, Tamboon South area. This fire is not yet under control.
  • There is bushfire activity around  Bemm River, Furnell, and , Tonghi Creek, Wingan River that are not yet under control.
  • Fire Damaged Tree's 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.
  • 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.
Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay. 
What you should do: 
  • Review your fire survival plan If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
  • Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
  • If you are away from home, do not return.
  • Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
  • If you are in an isolated community you should remain where you are as it is unsafe to travel.
  • If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

If the situation changes you should Enact your Bushfire Survival Plan

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area: 
  • Firefighters and the ADF are working to make roads safe prior to reopening
  • There are a large number of road closures in the area. Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • V/line services are also impacted. For more information visit the V/line website (https://www.vline.com.au
  • There is significant smoke across East Gippsland which will impact health and visibility.
  • Your water tank water supply may become contaminated with debris, ash, soot fire retardant or dead animals. Make sure it is properly sealed and disconnected from down pipes. For more information check this fact sheet protecting your water tank.
  • 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.