Awareness Message -Bunyip Ridge Fire 7am
Awareness Message - Nayook sector-between McIntyre and Elton Roads
The Bunyip Ridge fire is burning in the Bunyip State Park and State Forest areas between Gembrook, Powelltown, Neerim Junction and Tonimbuk and is estimated to be approximately 25,000 hectares in size.
Successful back burning operations over Saturday night continued in the Nayook sector, specifically between McIntyre and Elton Roads. Residents in the area are advised they will continue to experience smoke as a result of these operations, and there may also be visible flame activity. Due to certain weather conditions, the smoke from these burns may settle closer to the ground.
Even though the Bunyip Ridge fire is not currently posing a threat, residents in these areas need to be aware that with fire activity continuing, there is the potential for it to impact directly.
There may be increased amounts of smoke in the area from this fire.
Road users are advised to take extra care as road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility from smoke.
Even though this fire does not currently pose a threat, people in high risk bushfire areas are reminded to have a bushfire survival plan ready to implement during the summer period.
Continue to listen to ABC or local radio for updates on this fire.
The public are asked not to unnecessarily travel into areas where back burning operations are continuing due to the number of emergency service vehicles operating there.
For road closures please refer to the Vic Roads website at http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/
Shire of Cardinia residents who have been affected by the fire and require assistance should contact the council on 1300 787 624. This line is open 24 hours.
The Recovery Centre that has been running in Bunyip is now closed, and will be reopened by the Shire if the need arises.
Baw Baw Shire residents should call 1300 859 446 for recovery information.
The Red Cross registration line is 1800 727 077.
For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone/ telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969. Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/