Rosedale fire reaches 10,000ha

David Braithwaite

A FIRE south of Rosedale is travelling towards Kilmany, Fulham and Wurruk.

A Watch and Act message has been issued for Fulham, Giffard West, Kilmany, Kilmany South, Longford, Nambrok, Pearsondale, Rosedale, Sale, Stradbroke, Stradbroke West, Willung, Willung South and Wurruk.

The bushfire 6.3 kilometres south of Rosedale is not yet under control.

Fanned by Friday’s hot northerly winds, the fire has burned at least 10,000 hectares.

Aerial and ground crews are continuing to work on stopping the spread of the fire. The fire may not be contained until Sunday.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

A community meeting will be held at the Longford Hall on Saturday from 3pm.

People have been advised that staying close to a building they can shelter in is the safest option as conditions can change suddenly.

People have also been told to continue monitoring conditions, including increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility that indicated the situation is changing.

People away from home in the area should not return.

If the situation changes, people will need to leave quickly. 

Take pets, medications, mobile phone and charger, and travel to the home of family or friends who are away from the warning area or the emergency relief centre at the Sale Baptist Church, Lot 2 Princes Highway, Sale.

Emergency services may not be able to help people if they decide to stay.

Rosedale-Stradbroke Rd is closed at the following locations: 1km south of Merton Vale Rd, at the intersection of Gormandale-Stradbroke and Willung Rds, at the Rosedale Speedway, and at the intersection of Chessum Rd 

Check the VicTraffic website or phone 13 11 70 for further road closures.

Smoke can affect people’s health. People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.

People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.

People needing medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke should seek medical advice or phone Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should phone 000.

To stay informed visit, phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, use the VicEmergency app, use Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires), or tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to phone VicEmergency Hotline.

People who 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.