Source: VIC Emergency

Watch and Act - Grass Fire - Stay Near Shelter

Issued Today at 2:26 PM.

This Watch and Act message is being issued for Elphinstone, Malmsbury, Metcalfe, Taradale.

There is a grassfire at Metcalfe-Taradale Rd, Taradale that is not yet under control.
Firefighters have been able to slow the spread of the fire for now, but this can change at any time and the situation is still dangerous. You must monitor conditions and be ready to act.
Staying close to a building where you can shelter is the safest option, as conditions can change suddenly.

Continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.
What you should do:
Monitor changes, including increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility that indicates the situation is changing.
If you are away from home, do not return.

If the situation changes you will need to leave quickly. Plan to:
Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.
Emergency services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Grassfires can start and spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 31/01/2022 04:30 pm or as the situation changes.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:
www.emergency.vic.gov.au
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.
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.

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