Bushfires brought under control


By Mitchell Clarke

Firefighters have brought bushfires in Gembrook and Tynong North under control.

More than 10 vehicles, mostly tankers, were working with aerial assistance to put the Gembrook bushfire out, which began on Crichton Road, near Mortimer Park.

An advice message was issued on Monday 30 December at 1.30pm for the communities of Gembrook, Maryknoll, Nar Nar Goon North, Tynong North and Cornucopia.

Firefighters continue to patrol the fire and bulldozers are operating in the area. A number of roads along East Beenak Road remain closed.

Meanwhile, a watch and act message was issued for residents of Garfield, Tynong and Tynong North.

A State Control Centre spokeswoman confirmed 18 vehicles responded to a bushfire at Mintern Road in Tynong North, which was reportedly travelling in a southerly direction towards the Princes Highway.

Thankfully, the fire was confirmed under control just after 5pm.

Firefighters have stopped the spread of the fire and will remain on scene for several hours where they will continue to extinguish hot spots.

There is currently no threat to the community however residents should review their bushfire evacuation plans and plan their response if the situation changes.

The advice is to monitor the VicEmergency app and if possible, check on neighbours and animals.

If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.


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