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This Advice message is being issued for Budgeree, Budgeree East, Grand Ridge, Jeeralang, Jeeerlang Junction, Jeeralang North, Jumbuck, Yinnar, Yinnar South and Jumbuck Road. 
  • There is a 1954 hectares bushfire 1.8 km south of Yinnar South that is not yet under control due to the challenging terrain and limited machine access.  
  • The fire activity is quiet due to cooler conditions. 
  • Aerial infrared scanning is being used to assist ground crews identify hot spots to extinguish. 
  • Ground crews are also using hand held thermal imaging cameras to assist with hot spot detection. 
  • Hazardous tree assessment and treatment, currently being undertaken by Latrobe Shire Council and Forrest Fire Management Victoria, is almost complete on access roads.  
  • Fire affected sections of the Morwell National Park will remain closed until further notice. 
  • Latrobe Shire Council are also actively assessing road impacts and undertaking recovery works on Upper Middle Creek Road, Summerfield Track and Gilberts Road with the view to get community back into these areas as soon as possible. 
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.
  • Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.
  • Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
  • Review your fire survival plan.
Impacts in your area: 

  • There are multiple road closures in your area 
  • Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • All road closed signs are to be respected for your safety and firefighter safety.
  • Trees can fall unexpectedly across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
  • The general public is advised to not go near fire affected areas.
This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

The next update is expected by 18/03/2019 01:00 pm or as the situation changes.

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

Recovery information:
  • Latrobe City Council have staff available at the Kernot Hall located at the corner of Princes Drive and Monash Way Morwell, today until 7pm Friday 15 March 2019. Staff will provide advice and referral to agency support for those impacted by the Yinnar South Budgeree fires. 

  • There is also a My Valley My Home event being held at the Kernot Hall today, Friday 15 March 2019 from 3pm to 7pm today. 

  • Latrobe City Council have staff available at the Yinnar & District Memorial Hall from Monday 18th of March to answer bushfire related inquiries to support those impacted by the Yinnar South Budgeree fires.  Latrobe City Council will be located at the Yinnar Hall at the following times;   
Monday 18th March 10am to 4pm  
Tuesday 19th March 12pm to 4 pm 
Wednesday 20th March 12pm to 4pm  
Thursday 21st March 10am to 4pm  
Friday 22nd March 12pm to 4pm 

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 contacting their local council, visiting one of the Bushfire Recovery Centres or by telephone 1800 560 760.

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.
  • For air quality updates visit: https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch 
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.

  • Your water tank could be contaminated from debris, ash or fire retardant. You should disconnect the downpipes and re-connect when the roof has been cleaned. Boiling water does not remove fire retardant or other chemicals. If your water tank has been contaminated contact Latrobe City Health Officer 1300 367 700 for advice prior to using it for drinking water.
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 officer has expertise and can assess what is required.

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
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.