An Emergency Warning is being issued for Hepburn, Hepburn Springs.
Also a Watch & Act message is issued for nearby areas Bryces Flat, Daylesford, Dry Diggings, Eganstown, Elevated Plains, Kidds Gully, Porcupine Ridge, Shepherds Flat.
There is a bushfire at Hepburn Springs that is not yet under control.
The bushfire is travelling in a southerly direction towards Hepburn and Hepburn Springs.
Hepburn and the northern section of Hepburn Springs could be impacted anytime within the next 2 hours. 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:
You should leave using Main Road and head towards Daylesford.
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.
A Relief Centre has been established and is open at Victoria Park, Burrall Street off the Ballan-Daylesford Road, Daylesford until further notice.
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:
The following roads are closed:
Cnr Midland Highway and Back Hepburn Road
Cnr Forest Avenue and Back Hepburn Road.
Cnr Main Road and Ninth St.
Cnr Main Road and Twentieth St.
Emergency Services request that motorists obey all signage in place in the area.
This messages was issued by Country Fire Authority.
The next update is expected by 03/02/2019 12:00 pm or as the situation changes.
Stay informed at :
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
There is a state wide total fire ban for Victoria today.