Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Bushfire

Issued Today at 4:15 PM.

This Watch & Act message is being issued for Bennies, Markous, Rose River and Upper Rose River.

Fire activity has increased in the Upper Rose River Valley.

The fire is heading in a westerly direction towards the Upper Rose Valley and is not yet under control.

Fire crews are on the ground.

Aircraft are attacking the fire from overhead.

Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

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

If the situation changes or you feel unsafe you should leave:
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
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.

Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
The Rose River Rd at Patrol Track is open to local residents only.
Bushfires can spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
Check the VicTraffic website ( or call 13 11 70 for road closures.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 14/01/2020 09:20 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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