Fire destroys homes

Updated 3.04pm Friday:

FIRE in the Dawson and Seaton area yesterday claimed four holiday houses with one confirmed property loss today.

Fire has also isolated the Licola community with the township to be impacted between 4pm and 6pm today.

GLENMAGGIE-SEATON AREA:

THERE is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Glenmaggie area. This fire is impacting Lake Glenmaggie, Dawson, Glenmaggie, Heyfield, Seaton.

This bushfire is greater than 44,500 hectares in size and is out of control, currently creating spot-fires ahead.

A wind change is now moving the fire in the north-easterly direction.

Members of the public have been advised to keep out of the surrounding state forest.

Residents have been told to act immediately as they are in danger with homes and lives at risk. Homes are not designated or constructed to withstand fire conditions.

Leave now if it is safe to do so and there is a safer place nearby.

Turn on vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.

Consider shelter options close by. This may include a private bunker (that meets current regulations).

Last resort options include a Neighbourhood Safer Place, a stationary car in a cleared area, a ploughed paddock or reserve or body of water like a swimming pool or dam.

People who cannot leave the area have been told to take shelter when the fire arrives and protect themselves from the fire’s heat. 

Residents who plan to leave, or if they are not prepared and there is a safer place near by, have been told to leave now if it is safe to do so. Turn on headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.

Do not return home if away from home in the area.

If time permits, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions. If experiencing any symptoms which may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024. 

GLENMAGGIE-COONGULLA AREA:

THERE is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Glenmaggie area.

This fire is expected to threaten the Coongulla area for the next four hours until the wind abates.

This bushfire is approximately 44,500 hectares in size and is out of control.

Members of the public are advised to keep out of the surrounding state forest.

Residents have been told to check and follow their bushfire survival plan and prepare for a bushfire in their area. 

Anyone planning to leave or who does not have a survival plan, has been told to leave now.

Turn on vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.

Anyone who has a survival plan, is well prepared and actively defended homes can provide safety. 

People away from homes in the area are not to return.

If time permits, check neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.

If experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

LICOLA AREA:

THERE is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Licola area. It is travelling in a north-easterly direction.

The fire is expected to impact Licola between 4pm and 6pm.

The bushfire is approximately 44,500 hectares in size and is out of control.

Licola Rd is closed to traffic.

Members of the public are advised to keep out of the surrounding state forect.

Residents have been told to act now and put their bushfire survival plan into action. Consider shelter options close by. This may include a private bunker (that meets current regulations).

Last resort options include Neighbourhood Safer Place, a stationary car in a cleared area, a ploughed paddock or reserve or body of water like a swimming pool or dam.

Homes situated and constructed or modified to withstand bushfire, that are well prepared and actively defended, may provide safety.

Anyone physically and mentally prepared to defend their is urged to get ready to take shelter when the fire impacts.

Anyone away from their home in the area has been told not to return.If time permits, check neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.

Anyone experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

FIREFIGHTERS are focusing on the fire fight and conducting asset protection.

Aircraft are vital for asset protection 13 aircraft will be on the scene.

The latest information shows there are about 50 trucks on scene and three dozers.

Today has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in Gippsland.

The fires are visible from the Maffra, Sale, Rosedale and Stratford areas.

A relief centre has been established at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Cobains Road, Sale. Register with the Red Cross upon arrival.

Take any domestic pets to the Wellington Shire Council pound and Animal Aid shelter at Hopkins Rd, Fulham. Large animals and livestock can be taken to the Sale Showgrounds, Sale-Maffra Rd.

For general bushfire information phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 240 667 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

For updates listen to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or watch Sky News.

Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can phone VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

For information on road closures visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Tourists: Stay away from the listed areas.

For life or property threatening emergencies phone 000.

This story updates.