Somerville fire now “Watch & Act”


Watch and Act

Issued For: Somerville
Issued: 23/02/16 4:34 PM

This is a Watch and Act message issued by Country Fire Authority for Somerville.

The fire that was burning along Frankston Flinders Road near Raymond Street, northwest of Somerville is currently being contained.
This bushfire is currently not yet under control.

A southerly wind change is expected around 4:30pm which will cause smoke and ash to fall in the area around Grant Road and Speedwell Streets, Somerville
Don’t wait, leaving now is the safest option – conditions may change and get worse very quickly. Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

Travel to;
– The Relief Centre at Somerville Recreation Centre, Edwards Street, Somerville from 4:30pm today.
– The home of family or friends that is away from the warning area.

When driving, slow down and turn on your headlights; smoke will make it difficult to see.

Road closures are in place at:
Frankston Flinders Road Between Coolart Road & Eramosa Road,
Peninsula link Off Ramp to Frankston Flinders Road
Grant Road between Baxter Tooradin Road and Simcock Street
Simcock Street & Scott Grove
Gomms Road & Eramosa Road

The next update is expected by 23/02/16 6:00 PM or as the situation changes.

Safety Information:
Remember to take your prescriptions and medication, photo ID, bottles of water, your mobile phone and charger and consider what you will do with your pets.
If you have time, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
Contact a family member or friend to tell them what you plan to do.
Smoke Information:
Smoke can affect people’s health.
People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant woman and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by their doctor.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.
Stay Informed:

Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV.
Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.
If you need medical advice for burns or smoke exposure call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VBIL. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
Download the FireReady App and follow Vic Emergency on Twitter (#VicFires) or Facebook.
Road Closures: check VicRoads website.


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