Current Incidents and Warnings - McDonalds Track Fire

Advice from Vic Emergency (as of 4.30pm 19/03/2018)

This Advice message is being issued for Allambee, Allambee Reserve, Cloverlea, Ellinbank, Ferndale, Gainsborough, Seaview, Trida, Yarragon, Yarragon South.

The bushfire in the McDonalds Track, Seaview area is currently 254 hectares in size.

  • This bushfire is now under control.
  • Ground crews will continue to blackout hotspots over the next few days.
  • Blacking out will take some time due to the difficult terrain and the amount of hazardous trees present. 

There is currently no threat to you, but you should plan for what you will do if the situation changes.

What you should do:

Be aware of fire crews and vehicles in the area while traveling local roads.

Impacts in your area: 

  • Although winds have dropped in strength, local gusts are putting up smoke in several locations.
  • This is from minor increases in fire behaviour well within the fires control lines.
  • Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads as a result.

This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

The next update is expected by 20/03/2018 4:00 pm or as the situation changes. 

Health information:

  • If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.

Smoke information:

  • Smoke can affect people's health.
  • People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.

Stay informed

  • Via
  • 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.

Community Meetings, Information and Recovery Planning (as of 4.30pm 19/03/2018)

Council Update

Impact assessments are being carried out over the next couple of days. Agriculture Victoria is carrying out onsite impact assessments on affected agricultural properties. 

No evacuations have taken place, however some community members have self-relocated in accordance with their own bushfire survival plan.

Planning took place to stand up the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) and Emergency Relief Centres (ERC) in precautionary readiness for the predicted fire weather over the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March. However, with the fire suitably controlled, activation of the MECC and ERCs was not required. 

Residents are advised that after the fire:

  • Some water supplies may have been contaminated
  • Homes may be affected by smoke
  • Some agricultural fences may have been cut by firefighters to gain access
  • Some pastures have been affected.
  • Some dams and water supplies have been used for firefighting purposes and may need to be replaced via the esential water replacement guidelines.

Community Information Points

Community Information Points were established at Darnum Memorial Hall, 4 Cropley Street, Darnum and Baromi Park in Mirboo North (CFA Information Bus). They are now closed.

Community Meetings

There are no community meetings scheduled for today.

Recovery Planning Information

Residents are encouraged to visit Vic Emergency's Relief & Recovery website for recovery advice. 

The following resources may be particularly useful.

Contaminated water

The most effective way to prevent contamination of your water tank from smoke, ash or other materials is to make sure it is properly sealed and to disconnect the downpipes to the tank as soon as there is a bushfire risk. Do not reconnect the downpipes until the roof has been cleaned after the bushfire, either manually or after a flush of rain.

If your water looks, smells or tastes unusual, then it is likely to be contaminated. Do not use the water for drinking or food preparation, and do not give it to animals. Please see Water Tanks fact sheet for further information at the community information session or at  

Smoke affected homes

Smoke is a mixture of particles, water vapour and gases and can be harmful to you and your family’s health. To reduce the impacts of smoke on your health, please see the Smoke and Your Health website for further information; or if you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.

Enquiries about replacement of essential water supplies

CFA and Forest Fire Management firefighters have the legislative powers to take water from any waterway or water source for firefighting purposes. The water owner can request replacement of essential water under this scheme. To lodge a request for essential water replacement, download and complete the Essential Water Replacement form then email it to  

Emergency Recovery Hotline

For 24 hour emergency recovery support, residents can call Council on: 

  • 1800 068 740

General Enquiries (Non Emergency)

For general enquiries, please contact Baw Baw Shire Council on 03 5624 2411 or via email at