UPDATE – 4pm
The ‘medium’ sized grassfire at Andrews Lane, Willaura North has been contained.
The ‘advice’ message has been replaced with ‘community information’.
“Firefighters are attending this fire and will be in the area for some time,” the message stated.
“Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.”
EARLIER – 3.30pm
The Country Fire Authority has issued an advice message for Maroona, Moyston, Pomonal and Willaura due to a grassfire at Andrews Lane, Willaura North on Tuesday afternoon.
The grassfire at Andrews Lane was not yet under control as of 3.30pm.
10 vehicles are currently responding to the ‘small’ fire.
“There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions,” the advice message stated.
What you should do:
- Monitor weather conditions and warnings as grassfires can spread rapidly.
- Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
- Impacts in your area:
- Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.
The next update is expected by 07.20 pm Tuesday or as the situation changes.
- 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 000.
- 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.
How to stay informed:
- Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
- Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about preparedness on freecall 1800 226 226.
- People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
- For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
- Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#vicfires) or Facebook.