is being issued for Berringama, Burrowye, Corryong, Cudgewa, Cudgewa North, Guys Forest, Mount Alfred, Pine Mountain, Shelley, Tintaldra, Towong, Walwa.
- The Upper Murray fires started on 29 December 2019.
- Rain has significantly decreased fire behaviour. Further rain will increase the risk of landslides and flash flooding.
- Fire crews and heavy machinery will continue to operate in the area in and near the fire ground to patrol for hotspots, black-out and conduct rehabilitation and recovery works.
- Tree hazard and other rehabilitation and recovery works will continue in the fire affected area to open roads and tracks to ensure they are safe for public use.
Storms and Landslides in Bushfire Areas:
- Rain and thunderstorm
activity is forecast bushfire affected areas.
can have long-lasting impacts on the natural environment, increasing the dangers
from floods and storms, and the chance of landslides.
- Landslips and flash flooding has already occurred in the Upper Murray in previous rain events.
safety of the community, emergency services staff and volunteers is the highest
activity means firefighting operations will be reduced in effected areas.
increase the risk of power and communication outages. Restoration of
power and communications in bushfire affected areas may be delayed
due to safety risks.
Be vigilant of your surrounds and conditions as they change
before, during and after storms.
- In strong
winds, trees that have been impacted by heat or fire are likely to be more
unstable and more likely to fall.
areas of fire affected trees, particularly in windy conditions.
burnt areas where there are fewer trees and plants, the soil is less able to
absorb water so rainfall can lead to flash flooding.
- Heavy rain can also wash timber and other debris in to waterways and other areas during flash floods and other flooding events.
waterways in fire effected areas during storms and heavy rain.
loss of plants and roots can make the ground soft and heavy with rainfall,
leading to a greater risk of landslides.
changes to the landscape around you. Water runoff may be different to
For more information on floods and landslides please click on the link below:
Public land closures:
The following public land remains closed for public safety:
- All public land in the Upper Murray east of Burrowye Road, Guys Forest Road between the Murray River Road and Burrowye Road intersections, Tallangatta Creek Road, Lake Dartmouth (Dartmouth Dam) and south and west of the Murray River Road.
A link to the map of the closed area is below:
Exceptions to the closure:
After being assessed as safe to member of the public the following sites along the Murray River are open:
- Burrowye Bend
- Bullock Flat
- Gadds Bend
- Pebble Beach
- Neils Bend
- Clarke Lagoon Wildlife Reserve
- Lighthouse Crossing
- Indi Bridge.
Several roads still remain closed to the public. These roads are labelled 'Category C' and will continue to have signage at their access points. Access is only provided to residents and essential services.
Police will be patrolling these roads and ask the public to adhere to road management signs, drive safely and according to road conditions at all times.
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
Recovery Related Services:
The Towong Shire has the following support services for those impacted by the Upper Murray fires:
- Upper Murray Community Recovery Hub - Corner of Donalson Street and Towong Road, Corryong. Open 9.00am - 4.30pm.
- Helpline: 1800 518 222
- Email: email@example.com
For further recovery information please click on the link below:
Further recovery information can be sourced at the links below:
There is no immediate threat to the community and
no action is required.
This message was issued
by Forest Fire Management Victoria
The next update is expected by 24/02/2020 06:00 pm or as the situation changes.
- 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 cannot smell smoke you are not likely to be exposed
to smoke and it will therefore not affect you.
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.