Update on the Fire Situation Saturday 4 January, 12pm

Saturday, 4 January, 2020 - 12:15

As per the Vic Emergency Website:  https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

Issued Today at 10:49 AM.

This Advice message is being issued for Archerton, Barwite, Boorolite, Brack Bridge, Bridge Creek, Bunstons, Chapel Hill, Delatite, Goughs Bay, Howqua, Howqua Inlet, Jamieson, Kevington, Knockwood, Lake Eildon, Macs Cove, Mansfield, Merrijig, Mountain Bay, Piries, Sawmill Settlement, Tabletop, Ten Mile, Tolmie, Toombullup.

  • There are two bushfires with Alpine National Park  located near The Bluff that are not yet under control.
  • Fire conditions are expected to worsen over the coming days. 
  • Visitors have been advised to leave the areas with in the Watch and Act message area while it is safe to do so.

There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

What you should do: 

  • Monitor warnings so you can act quickly if the situation changes.
  • If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
  • Find information on protecting yourself and your family: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/ 
  • If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond to any incidents if they should occur.

Impacts in your area: 

  • Air quality in the North East today is hazardous, people should remain indoors.  For further information refer to https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch
  • Firefighters are responding to the fires.
  • Bulldozers and aircraft are operating in the area.
  • Smoke will be visible from nearby roads and communities. 
  • Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
  • Alpine National Park, All State Forest in the Mansfield area along with Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management areas are closed.
  • Conditions are expected to worsen over the coming days, monitor conditions and stay informed.
  • Red Cross Register, Find, Unite 1800 727 077

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

The next update is expected by 04/01/2020 05:30 pm or as the situation changes.

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 can see or smell smoke, please note: 
  • Stay in doors away from smoke and dust.
  • Close your windows and doors to keep smoke and dust out of your home.
  • If you are sensitive to air pollution, follow your treatment plan.
  • 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 more information refer to www.epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 


VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.

VicEmergency app.

Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).

Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.


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.

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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 January, 2020 - 12:19