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It is strongly recommended that you Evacuate Now if you are located in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham Heights.

  • There are multiple bushfires burning in the Abbeyard area that are not yet under control
  • Victoria Police are supporting evacuations in the area. However you can not rely on emergency services to evacuate you.
  • Fire weather on Saturday is predicted to be extreme creating fire storm conditions which may not be survivable. 
If you are located in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek and Hotham Heights it is strongly recommended that you evacuate now and move to a safer location away from the fire.

What you should do:

This warning is current to 10 am tomorrow 4th January 2020 . Evacuation after this time is considered life threatening. After 10 am 4th January 2020  it may be too late to leave. Shelter indoors when the fire arrives - protect yourself from the radiant heat.


Evacuate now:


Travel to a safer location. Options include:


Residents in Dinner Plain, Hotham Heights should leave via Great Alpine Road  and head towards Wangaratta. Residents in Falls Creek should leave via Bogong High Plains road to the Kiewa Valley Highway.

In the car: 


If you are unable to leave you should seek shelter inside: 
  • Close all exterior doors, windows and vents. Turn off cooling systems.
  • Shelter in a room that has a door and or a window to the outside. It is critical to keep an eye on what is happening with the fire.
Impacts in your area: 
  • The following road is closed: Great Alpine Road between Tawonga Gap Road Germantown and Dry Hill Road, Omeo. Residents between Germantown and Harrietville will continue to have access to the immediate area to tend to livestock.
This message was issued by Forest Fire Management Victoria.

The next update is expected by 04/01/2020 11:10 am or as the situation changes.

Evacuation information:
Health information: 
  • If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).

If you can see or smell smoke, please note: 
  • Smoke can affect people's health.
  • People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
Accessibility:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.