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Planned burn smoke to linger
Smoke from the Diggers Track planned burn 10 kilometres east of Blackwood is likely to drift across Werribee and western Melbourne today and overnight.
Media Release issued by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries
By late afternoon today people in Werribee, Bacchus Marsh, Melton, Gisborne, Sunbury and western suburbs from Melbourne Airport around to Werribee will notice a faint smell of smoke and hazy conditions.
This will extend to most of metropolitan Melbourne except the outer east by early evening.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has been conducting this large scale burn west south west of Blackwood to provide strategic protection for communities in the east Wombat area.
DEPI Midlands District Manager Jon Rofe said: “Fire crews are working today and overnight to complete the burn ahead of the expected rain tomorrow.”
“We urge people who see smoke and are concerned to ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line or go to the DEPI website to see if a planned burn is nearby. The triple zero number is only to be used in case of emergency if you see flames.”
Road travel may be hazardous in the immediate burn area due to low visibility associated with smoke. If driving through smoke, slow down, turn your headlights on and obey all traffic signs.
If you, or someone you care for, experiences symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24. People with asthma and other respiratory or heart conditions should try to stay indoors, reduce their exercise, keep taking their medications and follow their asthma plan.
To find out where and when planned burns are likely to happen within 10 days, weather permitting, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/burns or call the Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.