6.30pm UPDATE: The Mernda grassfire has been downgraded to an Advice Warning.
- The grassfire at Brunton Drive, Masons Road and Everard Road areas in Mernda is now under control.
- Fire fighters remain on scene to extinguish any hot spots over the next few hours.
6.00pm LIVE: The Country Fire Authority have issued a Watch and Act for a grassfire in Mernda. 38 fire trucks have been dispatched to the scene.
- There is a grassfire at Brunton Drive and Masons Road, Mernda that is not yet under control
- This grassfire is travelling in a north-easterly direction NOT south-westerly direction as advised earlier.
- Residents in the areas of Brunton Drive and Masons Road need to move back two streets.
What you should do:
- When you leave remember to take your pets, medications, mobile phone and charger.
- Keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond.
- If you are away from home do not return. Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area.
- Bring your pets indoors.
- Close all exterior doors, windows and vents.
- Turn off cooling systems.
- Monitor conditions.
The next update is expected by 20/02/2019 08:30 pm or as the situation changes.
- 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.
- 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).
- VicEmergency Hotline – freecall 1800 226 226.
- VicEmergency app.
- Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
- Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- 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.