Grassfire south of Elmhurst near Pyreness highway; advice or Amphitheatre, Elmhurst, Glenlogie, Mount Lonarch

UPDATE – 3.50pm

UPDATE – 1.20pm

The CFA has declared the fire ‘under control’. 17 vehicles are not attending the fire located about eight kilometres south-east of Elmhurst.

The fire burned an estimated 60 hectares.

EARLIER – 1.05pm

15 vehicles are now battling a grassfire fire south of the Pyrenees Highway between Elmhurst and Amphitheatre.

A water bomber and spotting aircraft from Stawell have arrived to fight the fire near Keiths Road, which has been classified as ‘large’ but an estimated hectare size has not been released.

A water bomber and spotting aircraft from Stawell fight a fire near Elmhurst. Picture: FLIGHTRADAR24.COM

A water bomber and spotting aircraft from Stawell fight a fire near Elmhurst. Picture: FLIGHTRADAR24.COM

EARLIER – 12.30pm

Firefighters are battling a grassfire fire south of the Pyrenees Highway between Elmhurst and Amphitheatre. 

About 12 vehicles are currently responding the the incident, which started late on Tuesday morning.

The Country Fire Authority has issued an advice message for Amphitheatre, Elmhurst, Glenlogie, Mount Lonarch.

“There is a grassfire at Elmhurst that is not yet under control,” the message stated.

“This grassfire is travelling in a southerly direction from the Pyrenees Highway towards Glenlogie.”

“There is currently no threat to you, but you should plan for what you will do if the situation changes.”

VicRoads has not closed the Pyrenees Highway.

The next CFA update was expected at 4pm Tuesday or as the fire incident changes.

What you should do: 

  • Monitor weather conditions and warnings as grassfires can spread rapidly. 
  • Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond. 
  • Review your fire survival plan.

Impacts in your area: 

  • Grassfires can create a lot of smoke. 
  • Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads. 
  • Firefighters are attending to this fire. 

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 000.

Smoke information: 

  • 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.
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