RESIDENTS reporting smoke have been asked not to call emergency services unless they can see flames or a single rising column of smoke.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said while he appreciated people wanting to help, Triple Zero (000) call-takers had been inundated with unnecessary warnings 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.”
Smoke from the Stonyford fires last week reached Warrnambool and as far as Mortlake, about 60 kilometres north-west.
Mr Lapsley said with hundreds of fires starting in the past few days and a number of major fires still burning across the state there would be a noticeable haze in many areas.
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.