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WARNING for South East travellers accessing Victoria via Gippsland

CFA (Country Fire Authority) advise:

Everyone in East Gippsland must leave the area today due to the fire danger forecast for tomorrow.

Full info here:

Visitors to East Gippsland: • If you are visiting East Gippsland – you must leave today - Sunday 29 December and stay away on Monday 30 December. • You are in danger if you are in the area as follows - in the high country from Omeo to Bonang – all the way south through to the coast between east of Bairnsdale to Cann River. • If you don’t leave today, road closures are likely to mean you are unable to get home. • No one should be in remote forest areas in East Gippsland today and Monday. This includes anyone who is camping, driving, biking or walking in parks or forests. • It is not possible to provide support and aid to all the visitors currently in the East Gippsland region.

East Gippsland residents: • If you live in East Gippsland now is the time to enact your fire plan. • Where possible, move animals and livestock to safer locations. • You need to move to a safer place, outside of East Gippsland, today as the risk of the fires becoming uncontrollable starts early Monday morning. • Stay with friends or family outside the area. • Stay very aware of messaging - and if you choose to leave do not delay • Do not rely on firefighting crews being able to protect you and your property • If you leave -register with Register.Find.Reunite online: – East Gippsland fires. • People who are in far East Gippsland, including Cann River and Mallacoota, should consider what they will do if the Princes Highway is shut and they are isolated until the road can be reopened.

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