Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 11:15 AM.

This watch and act replaces the Advice message issued on 14/1/20 at 4pm.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Black Snake Creek, Castleburn, Cobbannah, Cowa, Crooked River, Dargo, Grant, Maguires, Shepherdson, Talbotville, Treasure, Winchester, Wongungarra, Treasures, Angusvale.

Firefighters have been unable to stop the spread of the Blue Rag Range fire.
The fire has now crossed Matheson Track and is moving in a south-easterly direction towards Upper Dargo Road and Stockroute Spur Track.
Crews are currently working on containing the perimeter of the fire
There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed, alert and monitor conditions outside.
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.
If you are away from home, do not return.
Enact your fire survival plan.
If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
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 to areas such as Stratford or Sale CBD.
Find information on protecting yourself and your family: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/.
Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
The following roads are closed: Dargo High Plains Rd is closed from the Northen End of Dargo through to the Great Alpine Road.
If you plan to leave head south through the Dargo township
Bushfires can spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
Trees can fall across roads and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 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:
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.
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, or Sky News TV.
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.

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