Grassfire south-east of St Arnaud: 'Advice' message has been being issued for Carapooee, Kooreh and St Arnaud East

Update – 3.45pm

CFA have contained two grassfires that were out of control on Marchment Road, Carapooee. 

The two grassfires were ignited on Wednesday afternoon. At least 19 vehicles attended the grassfires. 

The larger grassfire near Kooreh Road was listed as under control. The smaller grassfire, also on Marchment Road, was listed as contained. 

Earlier – 3:20pm 

At least 19 vehicles are attending a grassfire on Marchment Road, Carapooee which is south-east of St Arnaud. The grassfire is not yet under control. 

The CFA has issued an advice message to residents saying there is currently no threat to communities, but residents should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

The CFA is expected to issue their next update at 4.50pm. 

Map of where the grassfire on Marchment rd, Carapooee currently is.

Map of where the grassfire on Marchment rd, Carapooee currently is.

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: 

  • Firefighters are attending to this fire. 
  • Grassfires can create a lot of smoke.
  • Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads including Kooreh and St Arnaud East.
  • This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 11/04/2018 04:50 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 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.