Residents urged to prepare for extreme fire danger

Published on 21 February 2024

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As the region braces for extreme fire conditions, residents in Pomonal, Dadswells Bridge, and surrounding areas are advised to take immediate precautions. The upcoming weather forecast, combined with recent fire impacts, necessitates early action.

Key Recommendations:

  1. Leave Early: Residents should consider leaving the area tonight or early tomorrow morning. Seek refuge with friends or family outside the affected zone or head to a large regional town.

  2. Stay Informed: Keep others informed about your departure plans and destination.

Weather Outlook for Thursday, February 22, 2024:

  • Extreme Fire Danger Rating: A day of Total Fire Ban is expected in the Wimmera and South West districts.
  • Hot and Windy Conditions: The day will be scorching, with strong winds until a late afternoon or evening wind change. Be cautious even after the change, as windy conditions persist.
  • Tree Hazards: Damaged trees from previous fires pose risks. Stay clear of trees during windy periods.
  • Increased Smoke Levels: Winds may carry smoke from last week’s fires, affecting air quality.

Mental Health Support:

The recent bushfires have left many feeling concerned and emotionally overwhelmed. Seeking help is a sign of strength. Reach out to:

  • Neighbours, Friends, or Family
  • Your Doctor
  • Lifeline (131 114) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636)
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