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Smoke Alert for South West Victoria

By: CFA Media

Category: Health & Safety

  10.23 AM 11 January, 2013


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Department of Sustainability and Environment and CFA advises that fire activity in the far South West of Victoria is generating large amounts of smoke which may be visible in other areas of South Western Victoria.

The Kentbruck-Portland Nelson Road fire, which started last Friday, has burnt more than 11,800 hectares.

“Members of the public are encouraged to remain vigilant in their preparedness, but should check their surroundings and ensure there is actually a fire, before reporting it to 000,” Operations Officer Henry Barton said.

The public are also reminded to reduce speed on roads and drive to the conditions in smoke-affected areas.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on  1300 606 024.

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on free call 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 67

People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television.

Information is online at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Last Updated: 11 January 2013