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This message is being issued for communities around the Rosedale fire. 

  • There is a large bushfire burning south-east of Rosedale.
  • The bushfire has grown to over 12,000 hectares with a perimeter of more than 70 kilometres.
  • This area extends between Rosedale, Willung, Stradbroke and Longford.
  • Firefighters have established a containment line around the entire fire, however there are many hotspots and areas within the fire perimeter which 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.
  • The fire may generate smoke that will be noticeable throughout parts of Gippsland.
  • Other messaging has been provided to communities more directly impacted by the fire.
  • 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. 

Rosedale-Longford Road has been opened with a reduced speed limit of 60km/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 management points at the Rosedale Speedway 

Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures. 

Firefighting resources will be travelling through the region as part of the firefighting effort. 

Motorists are advised to be aware of this increase in emergency vehicle traffic in the region.

Anyone seeing animals that appear caught, injured or distressed as a result of the fire should call the Traralgon Incident Control Center on 5177 3200
There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.
A Community Newsletter is available at https://files-em.em.vic.gov.au/public/CommNews/Community-Newletters/CommunityInformationNewsletter_7_20190111.pdf?v=201901111354

This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

The next update is expected by 5pm tomorrow or as the situation changes. 

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

If you can smell smoke, please note:
  • Smoke can affect people's health.
  • People with pre-existing health problems, 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.

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