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This Advice message is being issued for East Sale, Fulham, Giffard West, Kilmany, Kilmany South, Longford, Nambrok, Pearsondale, Rosedale, Sale, Stradbroke, Stradbroke West, The Heart, Willung, Willung South, Wurruk.

This Advice message replaces the message issued at 4:56 AM today. 

  • There is a large bushfire south-east of Rosedale.
  • The bushfire has grown to over 12,000 hectares with a perimeter of more than 70 kilometres. 
  • This area includes the Holey Plains State Park and HVP Longford plantations, south of the Longford-Rosedale Road, east of Merton Vale Road and north of Merriman Creek.
  • Firefighters have established a containment line around the entire fire, however there are many hotspots and areas within the fire perimeter that continue to burn. The fire remains not yet under control.
  • Firefighters are working to extinguish the active parts of the fire and blacking out other sections to bring the fire under control.
There is currently no threat to you, but you should stay informed and monitor conditions.
What you should do: 
  • Although the fire is contained, it is still not yet under control and you should continue to monitor conditions and warnings so you can act quickly if the situation changes.
  • Monitor changes, including increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility that indicate the situation is changing. 
  • If you have time, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions. 
  • Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
  • Review your fire survival plan.
  • Members of the public must not enter the Holey Plains State Park or HVP Longford plantations, for their safety and the safety of the fire crews. This area, south of the Longford-Rosedale Road, east of Merton Vale Road and north of Merriman Creek, is closed to the public due to ongoing fire activity, dangerous trees. and emergency vehicles operating in the area. Many fire trucks, bulldozers, ground crews and aircraft are operating in the area.
Community Newsletter
A Community Newsletter is available at https://files-em.em.vic.gov.au/public/CommNews/Community-Newletters/CommunityInformationNewsletter_7_20190111.pdf?v=201901111354

Impacts in your area: 
  • Smoke will remain visible from nearby communities and roads. 
  • Fire trucks, bulldozers and aircraft will continue to operate in the area.
Rosedale-Longford Road has been opened with a reduced speed limit of 60 km/h. 

The following roads are closed: 

  • Taylors Lane (north of Gormandale-Stradbroke Road)
  • Mitchells Road (at Willung Road)
  • Ronalds Road (at Willung Road)
  • Merton Vale Road (north of Taylors Road)
  • Buxtons Road
  • Baldwins Road
  • Talbot Road
  • East Boundary Road 
  • Rosedale-Stradbroke Road is closed with traffic a management point at the Rosedale Speedway 
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures. 

Anyone seeing animals that appear caught, injured or distressed as a result of the fire should call the Traralgon Incident Control Centre on 5177 3200.
This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.
The next update is expected by 12/01/2019 12:00 pm or as the situation changes.

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

SMOKE MONITORING

EPA has smoke monitoring stations at Longford and Sale.

The information from these monitoring stations is available at:  Air Watch 
(https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/epa-airwatch)

If you can 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.
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.