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  • ADVICE
     
    Advice - All Clear
     
     
    Issued For: Naringal, Naringal East
    Fire Origin: Naringal
    Incident Name:  
    Issued: 17/03/16 3:52 PM
     
     
    This is an All Clear message being issued by Country Fire Authority for Naringal, Naringal East.
     
    The hay bale fire activity in the Naringal area has subsided.
     
    The fire is now safe.
     
    Smoke may still be visible from nearby communities and roads.
     
     
    To stay up to date with road closures check the VicRoads website.
     
    This will be the last advice issued for this fire.
     
     
  • COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Community Update

     
    Blue Green Algal Bloom Murray River
    ISSUED: 15/03/16 4:30 PM

    This update is being issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for the Murray River.

    Incident Information:

    High levels of blue-green algae have been detected in the Murray River from Lake Hume to Murrabit; an increase of approximately 30 km downstream.

    Water authorities are continually monitoring and testing sites along the Murray River from Lake Hume to the South Australian border to identify, as early as possible, any indications of further outbreaks or changes. 

    Key  areas affected by the blue-green algae also include:

    • Lake Hume

    • Lake Mulwala

    • Lake Moodemere

    • Lake Boga

    • Channels servicing the Murray Valley Irrigation Area

    • Torrumbarry Irrigation Area,including all waterways east of the Loddon River, the number 2 channel west of the Loddon River in the Dingwall and Wandella districts and First Reedy Lake.

    • Broken Creek

    • Nine Mile Creek

    • Edward and Wakool River systems


    Town water supplies remain unaffected and SAFE for drinking or domestic use.


    High levels of blue-green algae do not always colour the water blue or green. The water can look yellow, brown, red, blue or green, or there may be no visible colour change at all.

    The algal bloom is expected to remain into April or until there is substantial rainfall and cooler conditions. Water Authorities and the Murray Regional Algal Coordinating Committee are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will remove the warning when blue-green algae returns to a safe level.

    Health & Wellbeing Information:
    • Blue-green algae is potentially toxic to humans.  For your safety, avoid direct contact with the affected water.
    • Do not use the water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering.  Boiling the water will not make it safe for these purposes.
    • If you do come into contact with affected water, wash your skin immediately in clean cool water.  Medical attention should be sought if you experience any symptoms resulting from contact with algae including skin rashes, itchiness, sore eyes, ears or nose, nausea or vomiting.

    Water Supply:

    • Town water supplies provided by Urban Water Authorities remain unaffected and are safe for drinking and domestic use.
    • People on non- mains water should contact their relevant water provider for advice and support.
    • An alternative water source should be used, where possible, for spraying and irrigating crops.

    Agriculture:

    • Agriculture Victoria advises primary producers to seek an alternative water source to spray or irrigate crops and seek an alternative water source for stock. If this is not possible, monitor animals closely and seek veterinary advice if necessary.
     
    Boating, Fishing and Hunting:
    • Boating and fishing is still allowed in these areas, however care needs to be taken.
    • Fish caught from affected areas should be rinsed and cleaned thoroughly in fresh water, and internal organs removed from the fish and discarded before eating.  
    • Do not eat mussels, crayfish or yabbies caught from the affected areas.
    • Duck hunting season opens on Saturday 18 March; the advice for fish also applies to ducks.

    Pets & Animals: 
    • Blue-green algae can be dangerous to animals.  Do not let your pets and animals swim in or drink the water in affected areas. Do not allow your dog/s to eat the organs of fish or ducks from affected areas.  

    Other Information:

  • COMMUNITY UPDATE

    Community Update

     
    Loddon River between Cairn Curran and Laancoorie Reservoirs
    ISSUED: 12/03/16 11:18 AM

    This update is being issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for communities along the Loddon River between the Cairn Curran Reservoir and Laanecoorie Reservoir.

    Incident Information:

    High levels of blue-green algae have been detected along the Loddon River between Cairn Curran and Laancoorie.

    High levels of blue-green algae do not always colour the water blue or green. The water can look yellow, brown, red, blue or green, or there may be no visible colour change at all.

    It is not known how long the blue-green algae will remain at high levels.  Goulburn Murray Water and the Murray Regional Algal Coordinating Committee are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will remove the warning when blue-green algae returns to a safe level.

    Health & Wellbeing Information:
    • Blue-green algae is potentially toxic to humans.  For your safety, avoid direct contact with the affected water.
    • Do not use the water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering.  Boiling the water will not make it safe for these purposes.
    • If you do come into contact with the affected water, wash your skin immediately in clean cool water.  Medical attention should be sough if you experience any symptoms resulting from contact with algae including skin rashes, itchiness, sore eyes, ears or nose, nausea or vomiting.
    Agriculture:
    • Agriculture Victoria advises primary producers to seek an alternative water source to spray or irrigate crops and seek an alternative water source for stock. If this is not possible, monitor animals closely and seek veterinary advice if necessary.
    Water Supply:

    • Town water supplies provided by Urban Water Authorities remain unaffected and is safe for drinking and domestic use.
    • People on non mains water should contact their relevant water provider for advice and support.
    • An alternative water source should be used, where possible, for spraying and irrigating crops.

    Boating & Fishing:

    • Boating and fishing is still allowed in these areas, however care needs to be taken.
    • Fish caught from affected areas should be rinsed and cleaned thoroughly in fresh water, and internal organs removed from the fish and discarded before eating.  
    • Do not eat mussels, crayfish or yabbies caught from the affected areas.

    Pets & Animals: 
    • Blue-green algae can be dangerous to animals.  Do not let your pets and animals swim or drink the water in affected areas.

    Other Information:


    Stay Informed:

  • ADVICE
    Advice
     
     
    Issued For: Wye River, Separation Creek
    Fire Origin: Wye River, Jamieson Creek
    Incident Name: DELWP - WYE RIVER - JAMIESON TRACK - 1552223 
    Issued: 11/03/16 5:50 PM


    This Advice message is being issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for Wye River, Separation Creek

    The fire is now under control.

    There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.

    Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter. 

    Community members in Wye River and Separation Creek affected by the fires can access the latest recovery and resettlement information at http://wyesepconnect.info

    For all information about fires, storms and flooding preparedness, warnings and recovery please visit the Emergency Victoria website www.emergency.vic.gov.au

    Road closures and no entry signs around the fire effected areas will remain in place. Walking tracks leading into fire effected areas have also been closed. No public access is permitted. Road closures are reviewed daily and may be in place for some time. These include:
    • Jamieson Track, Separation Creek
    • Sarsfield Street, Separation Creek
    • Stanway Drive, Separation Creek
    • Olive Street, Separation Creek
    • The Boulevarde, Wye River
    • Bird Track, Wye River
    • Wallace Avenue, Wye River 

    For information about other road closures check the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

    For information about tracks and camp site closures in the National Park check the Parks Victoria website www.parks.vic.gov.au

    Injured Wildlife

    To report injured wildlife outside the fire ground area contact Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535 or help for Wildlife on 0417 380 687

    To report injured wildlife inside the fire ground north of Kennett River and south of Cumberland River contact DELWP on 5233 5565

    The fire ground remains closed to all unauthorised public

     
    The next update is expected by 15/03/16 2:30 PM or as the situation changes.
     
    Safety Information:
    • Review your bushfire survival plan.
    • If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
    • If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
    • If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

    Smoke Information:

    • The EPA currently has no reports of effected air quality in and around the Wye River and Separation Creek areas. Please refer to the EPA website for further information.
    • Smoke can affect people's health.
    • People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant woman and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing smoke.
    • People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by their doctor.
    • If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
    • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.

     Stay Informed:

    • Community Recovery Information centre is located at the Colac Otway Shire Office, 69 Nelson Street, Apollo Bay. Open 10am - 4pm daily.
    • Contact the Colac Otway Shire Bushfire Information Call Centre on 03 5232 9400 and select option 1. Open 8:30am - 5pm weekdays. 
    • Emergency Victoria [all incidents]  www.emergency.vic.gov.au
    • Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV....