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This message is being issued for Berringama, Biggara,Bunroy, Corryong, Cravensville, Lucyvale, Nariel Valley, Staceys Bridge, Thowgla, Thowgla Upper, Thowgla Valley, Tom Groggin, Towong Upper.

  • 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.
Floods, Storms and Landslides in Bushfire Areas:   
  • Rain and thunderstorm activity is forecast bushfire affected areas.  
  • Bushfires can have long-lasting impacts on the natural environment, increasing the dangers from floods and storms, and the chance of landslides.  Landslides and flash flooding has already occurred in the Upper Murray in previous rain events. 
  • The safety of the community, emergency services staff and volunteers is the highest priority.  
  • Storm activity means firefighting operations will be reduced in effected areas.  
  • Thunderstorms 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.

Hazardous Trees  
  • In strong winds, trees that have been impacted by heat or fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.  
  • Avoid areas of fire affected trees, particularly in windy conditions.    
Flash flooding  
  • In 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. 
  • Avoid waterways in fire effected areas during storms and heavy rain.     
Landslides  
  • The loss of plants and roots can make the ground soft and heavy with rainfall, leading to a greater risk of landslides.  
  • Monitor changes to the landscape around you.  Water runoff may be different to pre-fires.    
For more information on floods and landslides please click on the link below:
Floods, storms and landslides after bushfires.

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:
Upper Murray Public Land Closure Map

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.
Road Closures: 
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: recovery@towong.vic.gov.au 
For further recovery information please click on the link below:
Towong Shire Recovery

Further recovery information can be sourced at the links below: 
Agriculture Victoria:      Agriculture Victoria Recovery Information
Farm fencing support:   Farm fencing support after the Upper Murray fires 2019-20 
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.

For more information on preparing for bushfires visit: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare.

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 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: 
Accessibility:
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.