Advice - Fire
Buffalo River, Dandongadale, Nug Nug, Merriang South, Mount Buffalo
1579043962000Yesterday at 10:19 AM
message is being issued for Buffalo River, Dandongadale, Merriang South, Mount Buffalo, Nug Nug
- There are multiple fires burning in the Mount Buffalo area that are not yet under control.
- The fire has been active on the south western slopes of Mt Buffalo overnight. Fire crews and heavy machinery will continue preparing containment lines in the area today.
- With favourable weather conditions today, crews may 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.
- This Advice message replaces the Watch and Act issued at 5:50 pm yesterday (14 January).
- An upgraded message will be issued if risk to the community increases.
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 Buffalo River Road is closed at Glanford Road, Lake Buffalo.
- Roads can be closed at short notice. Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
- Smoke will 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 10:20 am or
as the situation changes.
If you can see or smell smoke, please note:
- 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).
- 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.