A SMOKE warning has been issued for Wimmera and the south-west as a large fire rages near Lucindale, South Australia.
Forest Fire Management Victoria warned on Monday evening that communities may see or smell smoke across parts of Wimmera and south-west Victoria.
It warns although the fire is located in South Australia, continue to monitor the VicEmergency website and other media channels for any additional information in case the situation changes.
The Country Fire Service said the blaze in the state's south-east was driven by 'extreme conditions' with temperatures hitting 39C.
The fire currently has a Watch and Act message active and, although the fire conditions have abated, the fire is not yet contained.
The fire has burnt approximately 16,800 hectares of grass, and numerous buildings, fences and stock have been lost or damaged.
The fire burnt into the township of Lucindale, although there has been no confirmed losses of houses.
CFS and Department of Environment and Water have 45 fire trucks and 200 firefighters, supported by farm fire units, fighting the fire.
The CFS also used six water bombing aircraft as well as five support aircraft at the height of the fire.
Department of Primary Industry South Australia (PIRSA) is assisting with the stock losses.
SAPOL have the Avenue Range Road between Reedy Creek and Lucindale is closed to all traffic.
There is no immediate threat to the south-west and no action is required.
This COMMUNITY INFORMATION - AIR QUALITY has been issued for Wimmera & South West Victoria— VicEmergency (@vicemergency) January 11, 2021
You may see or smell smoke across parts of Wimmera & South West Victoria.
The smoke is from a large fire near Lucindale South Australia.
More details at https://t.co/pgFp8L4E9qpic.twitter.com/xud4N7gCFI
What you should do:
- Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
- If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Smoke and your health:
- Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
- If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
- If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
- For more information about smoke and your health visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smoke.
More to come.
For updates visit the CFS website (www.cfs.sa.gov.au) or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.
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