Source: VIC Emergency

Issued Today at 5:53 PM.

This Watch and Act message is for the areas within Langkoop, Poolaijelo, Powers Creek, that are North and East of the current Emergency Warning area.

There is a grassfire at Poolaijelo that is not yet under control

This grassfire is travelling in an easterly direction and has crossed Fergusons Road, near Ryans Road and is currently burning in a private plantation.

Firefighters have been unable to stop the fire and it may continue to impact properties over the next four hours.
Don't wait - If you are not prepared to stay, leaving now is the safest option. Conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

What you should do:
The best protection from radiant heat and smoke is distance.

Travel to:
The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.
When you leave, remember to take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
If you encounter smoke or flames while travelling, turn around and drive to safety. If you're unable to turn around and drive to safety, a car offers more protection from the fire's heat than being caught on foot in the open.
If you are away from home, do not return.

In the car:
If you are travelling, do not enter the area. Make a u-turn and travel to safety.
Slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.

If you choose to stay, seek shelter indoors:
Bring your pets indoors.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents.
Turn off cooling systems.
Shelter in a room that has a door and a window to the outside so you can keep an eye on what is happening with the fire.
Impacts in your area:
The following roads are closed:
Edenhope-Penola Road, west of the Casterton-Apsley Road.
Casterton-Apsley Road between Dergholm-Edenhope Road and Edenhope-Penola Road.
Fergusons Road, west of Powers Creek.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 31/12/2021 10:00 pm or as the situation changes.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226
VicEmergency app
Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires)
Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
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.

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