Type Status Location Last Updated
This Advice message is being issued for Arbuckle, Blomford, Boisdale, Briagolong, Budgee Budgee, Bulldog Junction, Buragwonduc, Bushy Park, Coongulla, Glenfalloch, Glenmaggie, Glenmaggie Point, Licola, Licola North, Miowera, Monomak, Morgan, Moroka, Nap Nap Marra, Newry, Stockdale, Tamboritha, Toolome, Valencia Creek, Woolenook, Wrathung, Wrixon, Yangoura
and surrounding areas
  • The Licola-Mt Margaret Track fire, approximately 9 km north west of Valencia Creek is not yet under control. 
  • The fire is approximately 75,119 hectares in size.
  • Fire activity overnight was reduced due to milder weather conditions however the fire has continued to move east driven by extremely dry vegetation..
  • The fire has moved down to the Valencia Creek just North of Paddy Lees crossing.
  • Crews and heavy machinery started works today on containment line construction around the private property interface around the Mt Hendricks scenic reserve tracking south along Boundary 13 track.
  • Work is also continuing east along Boundary 14 track towards Glenroy track on the private land interface,  this work will continue for several days.
  • Aircraft will continue water bombing activities in these areas when the weather allows.
  • Crews continue to work on the northern edge of this fire supported by heavy machinery.
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.
Impacts in your area: 
  • Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.
  • Emergency Services will remain in the area. 
  • The following roads are closed: Licola Rd at Kellehers Rd, Glenmaggie preventing people travelling north; Jamieson - Licola Rd at the Mount Skene Lookout preventing travel South.
  • Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • The general public are advised not to travel to or near fire-affected areas.  This includes four wheel drivers wanting to access remote tracks over the long weekend.
  • For information on National Parks closures and camping grounds visit the Parks Victoria website
This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

The next update is expected by 16/03/2019 01:00 pm or as the situation changes.

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

Case Support - Recovery Assistance

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.

Water Tank Information

To prevent contamination of your water tank make sure it is properly sealed and disconnect the downpipes to the tank as soon as there is a bushfire risk. Only reconnect the downpipes once the roof has been cleaned after the bushfire, either by hand or after heavy rain. From ‘Better Health”  - more information at:
Bushfires and Water Tanks
Bushfires and the Environment

To see if you qualify for assistance with domestic tank water contact your Local Council Municipal Recovery Manager. Please register by the 20.03.19

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: 
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.