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Significant smoke across Victoria
Victorians are being reminded not to call Triple Zero (000) if they see smoke unless they can see flames or a single column of smoke going into the air.
(State Control Centre Media Release)
Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said that while the emergency services appreciate that people want to help, Triple Zero (000) call-takers were being inundated with unnecessary calls about smoke.
“In the coming days, and possibly longer, Victorians will be able to see and smell smoke across much of the state as a result of fires,” he said.
“The Triple Zero call takers are receiving a lot of calls about smoke from fires that we are already aware of so, unless you see flames or a column of smoke, please do not call that number.
“Of course, if you need emergency assistance, people shouldn’t hesitate to call Triple Zero.”
Mr Lapsley said that with hundreds of fires starting in the past few days and a number of major fires still burning across the state – including in the open cut coal mines near Morwell that are issuing large amounts of smoke - there will be a noticeable haze in many areas.
EPA Victoria issued a low level smoke alert for the west of the Latrobe Valley and in the Geelong for a couple of hours earlier today as a result of bushfires.
Anyone with concerns about their health as a result of smoke should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.