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This Advice message is being issued for Coopers Creek, Cowwarr, Cowwarr Weir, Dawson, Erica, Glengarry, Glenmaggie, Moondarra, Rawson, Seaton, Toongabbie, Traralgon, Walhalla, Walhalla East, Yallourn North.

  • The bushfire which started 6.7 kilometres north of Walhalla is still not yet under control and remains at 8,671 ha of fire affected area.
This Advice message replaces the Advice message issued at 12:00 10 February 2019. 
There is currently no threat to you, but you should stay informed and monitor conditions.
What you should do: 
  • Monitor warnings so you can act quickly if the situation changes.
  • Observe.  Changes in wind speed direction, increased smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing. 
  • Ground crews will remain in the area identifying and working on hotspots.
  • Rehabilitation works are under way. Heavy machinery (for example, bulldozers or graders) are working around the fire affected area. Today's focus will be on tracking the fire edge and direct fire attack through deadedging and aerial fire suppression.
  • Fallback lines are still under construction, weather permitting .  
The meeting planned for Heyfield Football Club, 7PM 11 February 2019 has been cancelled due to very favorable work and weather conditions.
Impacts in your area: 
  • Forest recreation sites at Coopers Creek and Bruntons Bridge will be closed until 17th. March 2019  
  • Walhalla Road is still closed between Thomson Dam Access Road and Cricket Ground Track. Walhalla can be accessed from the south and there are speed restrictions on this road; all vehicles and walking tracks off Walhalla Road are closed.
  • Smoke may still be visible from nearby communities and roads.
  •  Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • Sporadic rain fell across the fire area between Thursday and Saturday.
This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

The next update is expected by 10AM 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 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: 
Copy the link below into your browser and it will take you to the current community newsletter              
                    
https://files-em.em.vic.gov.au/public/CommNews/Community-Newletters/Community_Newsletter_Heyfield_2019_02_10.pdf?v=201902101621

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.