CFA warns residents to continue to watch and act as fire not yet under control

A Watch & Act message was issued at 5pm for Dry Diggings, Elevated Plains, Hepburn, Hepburn Springs.

The Hepburn-Mannings Road Fire is not yet under control. Firefighters are on scene and will continue working to contain the fire.

Aircraft and heavy machinery are operating in the area.

Continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

What you should do: 

Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.

A relief centre is open at Victoria Park, Burrall St (off the Ballan-Daylesford Road), Daylesford.  This is open until further notice.

Refer to published Community Information for further localised information.

  • If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should leave:
  • Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
  • Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

Impacts in your area: 

  • Smoke may be visible to nearby communities.
  • There will be a large number of Emergency Services vehicles in the area.
  • Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

The following roads are closed: 

  • Cnr Midland Hwy & Back Hepburn Road, 
  • Main Road and Mineral Springs Crescent.

Hepburn Primary School, Daylesford Primary School, St Michael's Primary School and Daylesford Secondary College will be closed tomorrow.

This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 04/02/2019 11:00 am or as the situation changes.

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: 

  • www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
  • VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
  • VicEmergency app.
  • Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations,.

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.

EARLIER

The CFA  issued a leave now warning for Hepburn and  Hepburn Springs as a scrub fire north of the continues to burn.

The bushfire, burning overnight at Elevated Plains just north of Hepburn Springs is not yet under control.

The bushfire is travelling in a southerly direction towards Hepburn and Hepburn Springs.

Hepburn and the northern section of Hepburn Springs could be impacted anytime within the next 2 hours. Leaving now is the safest option, before conditions become too dangerous. 

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

What you should do: 

Travel to: 

  • You should leave using Main Road and head towards Daylesford.
  • The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.
  • When you leave remember to take your pets, mobile phone and medications.

A Relief Centre has been established and is open at Victoria Park, Burrall Street off the Ballan-Daylesford Road, Daylesford until further notice.

In the car: 

  • If you are travelling, do not enter the area. U-turn to safety.
  • Slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.

If you are unable to leave you should shelter indoors:

Close all exterior doors, windows and vents. Turn off cooling systems.

  • You must take shelter before the fire arrives. The extreme heat is likely to kill you well before the flames reach you.
  • Shelter in a room that has two exits including one directly to the outside. It is important to be able to see outside so you know what is happening with the fire.

If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt. 

If you cannot get indoors, other last resort options include:

  • Shelter in the middle of a large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
  • Get into a large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
  • Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

If you are caught in fire in your car:

  • Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to cleared area.
  • Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and headlights.
  • Close all windows.
  • Turn off the air-coniditiong and shut all the air vents.
  • Turn your car engine off.
  • Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woollen blanket.

Impacts in your area: 

The following roads are closed: 

  • Cnr Midland Highway and Back Hepburn Road
  • Cnr Forest Avenue and Back Hepburn Road.
  • Cnr Main Road and Ninth St.
  • Cnr Main Road and Twentieth St.

Emergency Services request that motorists obey all signage in place in the area.

This messages was issued by Country Fire Authority.

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