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Bushfire at Tinworth Avenue in Mount Clear

mt clear fire april 2019

Video: Lachlan 

UPDATE 1:00PM:

A relief centre has been established at Buninyoung Recreation Reserve.

UPDATE 12:42PM:

An emergency warning remains in place for Mount Clear and Sebastopol near Tinworth Avenue.

A watch and act alert has been issued for Mount Clear near Whitehorse Road.

UPDATE 12:26PM:

An emergency warning has now been issued for the Mount Clear bushfire near Tinworth Avenue.

The full warning is listed below. If you are in danger please contact 000. 

Issued Today at 12:19 PM.

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Mount Clear, Sebastopol.
 
  • There is a bushfire at Tinworth Av, Mount Clear that is not yet under control.
  • The bushfire is travelling in a southerly direction towards Whitehorse Road.
  • Firefighters have been unable to stop the fire and it is moving towards Whitehorse Road and Tinworth Avenue.
Whitehorse Road could be impacted anytime.
Leaving now is the safest option, before conditions become too dangerous. 
Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
What you should do: 
 
Travel to: 
  • You should leave using Geelong Road and head towards Ballarat.
  • The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.
  • When you leave remember to take your pets, mobile phone and medications.
 
In the car: 
  • If you are travelling, do not enter the area. U-turn to safety.
  • Slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.
 
If you are unable to leave you should shelter indoors:
  • Close all exterior doors, windows and vents. Turn off cooling systems.
  • You must take shelter before the fire arrives. The extreme heat is likely to kill you well before the flames reach you.
  • Shelter in a room that has two exits including one directly to the outside. It is important to be able to see outside so you know what is happening with the fire.
  • If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt. 
 
If you cannot get indoors, other last resort options include:
  • Shelter in the middle of a large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
  • Get into a large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
  • Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.
 
If you are caught in fire in your car:
  • Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to cleared area.
  • Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and headlights.
  • Close all windows.
  • Turn off the air-coniditiong and shut all the air vents.
  • Turn your car engine off.
  • Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woollen blanket.
Impacts in your area: 
 
This messages was issued by Country Fire Authority.
 
The next update is expected by 16/04/2019 02:20 pm or as the situation changes.
 
If you can smell smoke, please note:
  • 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.
Health information: 
  • If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
If you cannot smell smoke you are not likely to be exposed to smoke and it will therefore not affect you.
 
Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
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.

EARLIER:

A watch and act alert has been issued for residents near Tinworth Avenue in Mount Clear.

Eleven vehicles are on the scene from the CFA, and five more are on their way.

A helicopter and firebomber are also on the scene to help get the fire under control.

The CFA first received calls at 11:27am to reports of a fire at Tinworth Avenue.

The fire is understood to be a pine plantation that is alight but is spreading to surrounding grassland.

Crews from Ballarat, Ballarat City, Wendouree, Buninyong, Sebastopol, Lucas, Central Highlands and Napoleons. Crews are also on their way from Mount Warrenheip.

Police are also attending the scene to assist with traffic diversion and are possibly closing Whitehorse Road and Tinworth Avenue.

We will update this post as more information comes to hand regarding the situation.

The City of Ballarat says the fire relief centre is at  BUNINYONG RECREATION RESERVE  on the corner of Scott and Cornish streets.

If you are in danger please call 000 immediately.

Image courtesy of Rick Downing.