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This message is being issued for Coopers Creek, Rawson, Walhalla, Walhalla East
  • The Walhalla-Stoney Creek Road fire is contained and remains at 8775 hectares.
  • Favourable weather conditions have aided crews in blacking out.
  • There are very few remaining hot spots.
  • Hazardous tree works are continuing to be undertaken. 
  • Preventative fuel management is progressing around the township of Walhalla.
Campgrounds open;
  • Walhalla Campgrounds.
  • Aberfeldy Bridge Campground.
  • Aberfeldy River Campground.
  • Donnelly's Creek Campground.
Campgrounds closed;
  • At this stage the Coopers Creek Campground and Bruntons Bridge Campground will remain closed until the end of April due to machinery undertaking works in the fire affected area. 
Roads that are now open;
  • Walhalla Road between the Walhalla township and Thomson Dam Access Road. 
  • Walhalla Cricket Ground Walking Track.
  • Mormon Town Track at Walhalla Road.
  • Cowwarr Road, Eaglehawk Road and Tyers-Walhalla Road. 
Road Closures;
There are a number of roads closed in the surrounding area. Updated information regarding road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the Vic Traffic website https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.
Case Support - Recovery Assistance
Baw Baw Shire Council have asked anyone that has been impacted by the fires, requesting assistance, to please call council on 1300 229 229 to access support. 

Refer to the Baw Baw Shire Council website link for further information; http://www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/Resident-Information/Emergency-Information/Thomson-Walhalla-Stoney-Creek-Fires-Community-Update-1-March-2019 

The Victorian Government Bushfire Case Support Program is available for people significantly impacted by the fires in Cardinia Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City, Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire. People can access a Case Support Worker through contracting their local council, visiting one of the Bushfire Recovery Centres or by telephone 1800 560 760.

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

The next update is expected by 16/03/2019 07:40 pm 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.

Air Quality 
Air quality varies with wind and fire activity. For air quality updates visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/epa-airwatch

Wildlife  
Please report any sick or injured wildlife on 5177 3200 so a wildlife officer can manage the animal. Don't approach or give water to injured animals. A wildlife offer has expertise and can assess what is required.

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