Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 1:04 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Abbeyard, Dandongadale, Wongungarra, Wonnangatta.

There are multiple fires burning in the Abbeyard and Upper Buckland areas.
Backburning operations are progressing well along the Demon Ridge Track and north of this area.

With favourable weather conditions today, crews will continue back-burning and managing the spread of the fire. This will result in additional smoke.

While fire conditions have eased in the area, the situation can change at any time. You must monitor conditions and be ready to act.

An Emergency Warning will be issued if the risk to communities increases.

Monitor changes to the situation. Increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility can indicate the situation is changing.

What you should do:
If you are away from home, you may return.

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe or unsure you should leave:
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area or go to a relief centre.

Relief centres are open at:
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Ford St, Wangaratta.
Wangaratta Sports Development Centre at the Wangaratta Showgrounds, Evans St, Wangaratta.
Latchford Barracks, 81 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla.
For pets, trailers and caravans go to Wangaratta Showgrounds, Evans St, Wangaratta.
If you have stock, go to Wangaratta Saleyards, 99 Shanley St, Wangaratta.
People in affected areas are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at: Regiter.Find.Reunite ( ) or by calling 1800 727 077 to let people know you are safe. Use Find to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency.
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Impacts in your area:
The Buffalo River Road is closed at Glanford Road, Buffalo River.
Roads may be closed at short notice. Check the VicTraffic website ( or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
Monitor air quality in your area at EPA AirWatch
P2 smoke face masks are available for free and for sensitive people at relief centres, health centres and pharmacies.

This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 01:10 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:
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.
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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