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Out of control grassfire Spences Rd, Katunga

The grassfire in the Katunga are is now under control. Firefighters are still on scene.

February 1, 2013 4:01pm

Grassfire in Katunga.
Grassfire in Katunga.

UPDATE: 5.34pm

The Country Fire Authority has confirmed the fire in Katunga is under control.

Firefighters are still on scene.

UPDATE: 5.09pm

Firefighters are still working to control a fast moving grassfire in the Katunga and Strahthmerton area. The fire started at 3.35pm.

The fire is travelling in a north easterly direction towards Adams Road, Pinnucks Road and Lorenzs Road.

This fire is expected to impact the above roads in Katunga anytime within the next 2 hours.

This grassfire is approximately 18 hectares in size and is out of control.

What the CFA advises residents do:

  • Follow your bushfire survival plan. If you have a survival plan, well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety.
  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if it is safe to do so, before conditions become too dangerous.
  • Turn on your 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.
  • If you cannot leave the area take shelter when the fire arrives - protect yourself from the fire's heat.
  • If you are away from home; do not return.
  • If time permits, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • If you are 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.

BREAKING: 4.01pm

Country Fire Authority were called to a grassfire on Spences Rd, Katunga at 3.35pm.

The fire is out of control and seventeen units are on scene.

Country Fire Authority advises residents in the Katunga area the grassfire is out of control. Katunga, Strathmerton, Yarroweyah residents may be affected.

 

What the CFA advises residents do:

  • Monitor conditions
  • Check your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
  • If time permits, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • If you are 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.

Additional Information:

For General Bushfire Information: Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667 or www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Stay Informed: ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations.

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

Road closures: Check www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Tourists: Stay away from the listed areas.

For life or property threatening emergencies: Call 000

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