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Smoke haze over Melbourne

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21 Jan 2013
Fire authorities have warned of a smoke haze over Melbourne today.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and CFA advise that fire activity in the Gippsland region is generating large amounts of smoke which may be visible across most of Melbourne.

The Aberfeldy fire, which started on Thursday, has burnt more than 56,000 hectares.

“Members of the public are encouraged to remain vigilant in their preparedness, but should check their surroundings and ensure there is actually a fire, before reporting it to 000,” CFA Agency Commander in the State Control Centre, Joe Buffone said.

“The public are also reminded to reduce speed on roads and drive to the conditions in smoke-affected areas.”

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on free call 1800 240 667.

Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech or have a communication impairment may contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 67.

People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television.

Information is online at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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