Bass Coast,
30
December
2015
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01:22
Australia/Melbourne

Fire agencies urge caution as fire risk increases

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Media release courtesy of CFA and DELWP.

Fire Agencies continue to prepare for increased fire risk across Gippsland for Thursday (NewYears’ eve) and are urging the community to do the same.

Gippsland is a popular tourist destination with thousands of families enjoying the bush andcoastal areas over the Christmas and New Year period.

However, Emergency Services are concerned that the increased number of campers across ourregion combined with the forecast hot, windy weather and the increased amount of reportedillegal fireworks may put communities at risk.

Many Gippsland locations are expecting Very High Fire danger conditions over the New Year,communities and tourists alike are urged to be cautious and prepared.

Regional Fire Controller Mike Owen said, “The Coastal areas of Gippsland are particularlypopular with tourists and campers at this time of the year. Thousands of people will be enjoyinglocations like Inverloch, Sandy Point, and Walkerville. Indeed much of the Gippsland coastal areawill be heavily populated with tourists”.

“We are urging everyone to understand the increased fire risk and to behave responsibly”

“Unattended or illegal campfires and illegal fireworks are a significant risk at this time of year.Given the forecast for the coming days and our experience across the state over the past weekor so we are urging people to be very cautious, make sure that camp fires are safe and simply don’t use illegal fireworks. Don’t put yourself and others at risk this New Year”. Mr Owen concluded.

Health Authorities have also issued a heat health alert for people in the Central and North Centraldistricts for Thursday.

Authorities advise to:

  • Drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Take a bottle with you always.
  • Hot cars kill. Never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parkedcar can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool. Seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take coolshowers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.

For more information contact CFA Regional control Centre on 5174 3265

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian BushfireInformation Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have aspeech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) callers contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on131 450 and ask them to telephone VBIL. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide themwith this number.

People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio anddesignated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television.For road closures check the VicRoads website http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au. Download the FireReady App or follow CFA_Updates on Twitter (#VicFires) or Facebook. Information is online at www.delwp.vic.gov.au or www.cfa.vic.gov.au.