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This message is being issued for Far East Gippsland Communities - from Orbost to Mallacoota and north to NSW Border

  • Rain and cooler weather have suppressed fire behaviour across Far East Gippsland. Pockets of unburnt fuel within the fireground may continue to burn. 
  • Rain has continued to fall over the fire ground over the last 24 hours, particularly in the Bonang and Bendoc area.
  • Thunderstorm activity is forecast across bushfire affected areas this afternoon and overnight. 
  • Rain is predicted tomorrow with a possibility of severe thunderstorms later in the day.
  • This rain can increase the risk of landslides and flash flooding within the fire area.
  • 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.
  • Assessments for recovery and rehabilitation work are underway and will be ongoing for some time.
  • While many towns are now accessible via open roads, it is important that you remain aware of your surroundings if returning to or traveling around East Gippsland.
  • There continues to be a priority on roadside works and clearing hazardous trees in an effort to open roads and tracks within the fire affected area.
  • Wood recovery along the Princes Highway has commenced today. There maybe short term traffic disruptions.
  • There remains some isolated impacts to power supply and telecommunications which we are actively working to restore.
There is no immediate threat to the community and it is important you remain aware of the situation. Take care when returning or travelling in the area.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

Unless the situation changes, notifications for this area will begin to decrease.

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

For a copy of the Far East Gippsland Newsletter click here

Far East Gippsland Road Status Map

Road Safety: 
  • Drive to conditions and obey speed restriction signage.  
  • Be aware of increased wildlife on the roads. 
  • Crews continue to identify and treat dangerous trees along roadsides to ensure they are safe for travel.  
  • For your safety and the safety of our contractors and firefighters, please take care when driving along roads as work continues.
Road Access:
The following main roads are now open:  
  • Princes Highway (A1) from Orbost to NSW Border
  • Monaro Highway from Cann River to the NSW Border
  • Genoa-Mallacoota Road. 
  • Bonang Road is accessible by residents and permit holders from Orbost through to Bonang. 
  • For all other local roads please ensure you check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 before you travel.
Hazardous trees:  
  • Wind and rainfall may affect trees that have been impacted by heat or fire and are more likely to be unstable and more likely to fall.  
  • Avoid areas of fire affected trees, particularly during windy conditions.
Flash flooding:  
  • Flash flooding may occur in burnt areas where there are less trees and plants as the soil is less able to absorb water, so continuous rainfall can lead to flash flooding.  
  • Avoid waterways in fire effected areas during storms and heavy rain.
Landslides:  
  • Bushfires can have long-lasting impact on the natural environment, the loss of plants and vegetation 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. To report a landslide call the SES - 132 500
Water:
  • Bushfire affected residents seeking emergency water relief should contact South East Water on 131 851.
  • Residents in bushfire affected areas who are without drinking and domestic water supply due to tank contamination now have a single point of contact to call for assistance.
  • South East Water will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ as the initial contact point for bushfire affected residents who need emergency relief water, as well as coordinating the delivery of water across affected areas.
  • Do not enter waterways if water looks discoloured or for up to 48 hours after heavy rainfall.
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.

Information on financial assistance, drinking water, power, livestock and health can be found on the East Gippsland Shire Council website: East Gippsland Shire Council (www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/Bushfire_information) 

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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.