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Residents in DALLAS recommended to evacuate after Coolaroo fire

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13 Jul 2017
Residents in Dallas, near fire-affected Coolaroo, are being recommended to evacuate following ongoing operations at a fire this evening.

Crews were called to Maffra Street just before 9am this morning and have been battling an out of control fire all day.

It is strongly recommended that you Prepare to Evacuate if you are located in the affected area of Dallas.

  • The air quality in the warning area is hazardous as a result of smoke from the fire located in Maffra Street.
  • EPA are currently conducting air monitoring throughout the affected area and have determined that the affected area have very poor air quality levels. 
  • EPA will continue to monitor air quality in the affected and neighbouring areas.

If you are located in the following location then you should prepare to evacuate.

  • Barry Road between Dallas Drive and Doy Street.
  • Washington Street between King Street and Doy Street.
  • Edmund Street between King Street and Doy Street.
  • Doy Street between Barry Road and Edmund Street.
  • Dallas Drive to Sale Court, including Sale Court.

The decision to evacuate was made based on air quality testing conducted by MFB and EPA, which shows poor quality air.

Approximately 115 homes are impacted and police will soon be door-knocking properties in the affected area.

It’s expected the evacuations will remain in place overnight and will be reassessed in the morning.

Council is also door knocking residents and asking them to complete a Personal Information Form or if they do evacuate early please call the relief centre so their details can be captured – 9205 2670.

How to prepare to evacuate:

  • Act now - take immediate action to protect your health.
  • Collect together your medicines.
  • Take your pets with you when you evacuate.
  • Take your mobile phone and charger.
  • If possible, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and check if they need help.
  • Close and lock doors and windows. Turn off your heating and cooling systems.
  • Emergency services will shortly be door knocking the area to provide you with further information and support. 
  • If you do not wish to wait leave now and contact 9205 2670 to register your details.

Where to go:

  • A relief centre is open at the Broadmeadows Aquatic Leisure Centre, 41-85 Tanderrum Way, Broadmeadows.
  • You can also go to friends or family in a safer location.
  • Turn on your vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.

When you should go:

  • You should evacuate as soon as possible

The following transport options are available:

  • If you require assistance with transport, a community bus will be available. Please contact 9205 2670 if you require this service. The community bus will transport you to the Relief Centre.
  • If your family or friends wish to pick you up please arrange bus transportation to the Relief Centre and they can collect you from there.

Evacuation assistance:

  • If you need assistance to evacuate call 9205 2670.

This message was issued by Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The next update is expected by 13/07/2017 10:20 pm or as the situation changes.

Evacuation information:

Key health contacts:

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, 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).

Stay informed:

  • Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on freecall 1800 226 226.
  • People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline 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 VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
  • Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#vicfires) or Facebook.

 

More details at http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/1468/moreinfo

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