The grassfire at Myola is listed as safe.
Firefighters will remain at the scene blacking out and monitoring the site throughout the day.
Road closures remain in place on Barnadown-Myola and Dobie roads.
It is estimated 290 hectares were burned as a result of the fire in Myola this afternoon.
The grass fire is contained and crews are continuing to work to put it out.
FIREFIGHTERS have downgraded a watch and act message for the Myola fire after bringing it under control.
It says there is currrently no threat to anyone in Colbinabbin, Colbinabbin West, Cornella, Cornella East, Muskerry, Myola, Runnymede or Toolleen.
What you should do:
- Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
Impacts in your area:
- Smoke may be visible from nearby roads and communities.
The next update is expected by 06:10pm or as the situation changes.
For more information on preparing for grass fires visit: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/grassfires-rural.
- 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).
- Smoke can affect people's health.
- People with 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.
Use multiple sources to stay informed.
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.
A TRUCK believed to have been carrying hay has been burnt out in the fire.
Two CFA tankers are at the wreckage on the corner of Barnadown-Myola Road and Mcnamara Road.
Firefighters are inspecting what remains of its load to make sure hot-spots are dealt with.
The fire has been declared under control but a watch and act message remains in place.
Twenty-nine CFA vehicles remain at the scene.
VICROADS has now closed the Northern Highway at Ladys Pass and is only allowing emergency services vehicles in.
Visibility is at zero kilometres on the Northern Highway.
It's believed the road will be closed north to Elmore.
Drivers have been warned to stay clear of the area, use headlights, and pull over if the smoke becomes too much.
Emergency Management Victoria believes the fire ground currently encompasses an area stretching from Dobie Road north to Barnadown-Myola Road, and Mcnamara Road west and over Grogan Road.
35 CFA appliances are on scene.
A SWIRLING breeze has forced locals at the scene to move as the flames change direction, but the fire is largely moving in a north to northwesterly direction.
It is burning through paddocks and some flames are as high as a B-double truck.
Helicopters are using a nearby dam to refill as it helps more than thirty trucks fight the grass fire.
Police are helping manage the bushfire zone.
EMERGENCY crews have asked VicRoads for help to close the Northern Highway on a stretch between Elmore and Toolleen.
The fire is not on the highway but there is thick smoke in the area.
VicRoads is preparing to dispatch a team to the road but is unable to confirm whether or not emergency services have already closed the road.
A WATCH and act order has been issued for the grassfire, which remains out of control.
Twenty trucks are now responding to the blaze 8.5km north of Toolleen.
The watch and act message is for Colbinabbin, Colbinabbin West, Cornella, Cornella East, Muskerry, Myola, Runnymede, Toolleen.
- There is a grassfire at Myola that is not yet under control.
- This grassfire is travelling in a northerly direction.
Authorities urge you to stay close to a building so you can shelter in. That is the safest option as conditions can change suddenly.
Continue to stay informed and monitor conditions.
This WATCH & ACT message is for Colbinabbin, Colbinabbin West, Cornella, Cornella East, Muskerry, Myola, Runnymede, Toolleen.— VicEmergency (@vicemergency) January 14, 2020
Issue Date: Tuesday 14 January 2020, 02:08 pm
Next Update: Tuesday 14 January 2020,04:10 pm
Stay safe & monitor conditions here https://t.co/qEJ0EyA4O0pic.twitter.com/MouVVWjqzY
What you should do:
- Monitor changes, including increased wind speed, change in wind direction, smoke or poor visibility that indicated the situation is changing.
- If you are away from home, do not return.
If the situation changes you will need to leave quickly. Plan to:
- Take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
- Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.
- Emergency Services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
Impacts in your area:
- Grassfires can spread quickly and are extremely dangerous.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.
The next update is expected by 14/01/2020 04:10 pm or as the situation changes.
FIREFIGHTERS are responding to a grass fire burning out of control on land in Myola, near Colbinabbin.
The fire is taking place at the intersection of Barnadown-Myola Road and Mcnamara Road.
Eleven trucks are responding. Three are already on scene and eight more are on their way.
Firefighters at the scene have also requested air assistance.
More to come.
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