Seek shelter: bushfire emergency warning for Dee community

Bushfire Emergency Warning Dee community and surroundsSeek shelter now

This is a Bushfire Emergency Warning message for Dee community and surrounds – Seek shelter now.

An uncontrolled bushfire at Dee Community and surrounds is expected to put lives in danger and may destroy homes as early as 3.30pm today (Thursday).

Fire conditions are expected to be uncontrollable and unpredictable.

The fire is travelling towards Dee Lagoon. There is expected to be thick smoke, and showers of embers which may cause fires all around you. Fires will move quickly and may come from many directions.

Tasmania Fire Service is attending. Conditions are expected to worsen.

What to do:

The safest way to survive is to go to a safer location now.

If you don’t have a safe route to a safer place, shelter inside the nearest building, regularly checking your surroundings and putting out any fires near the building until the fire passes.

If you are out of the area do not try to return.

For fire updates, listen to ABC Local Radio or visit tasalert.com

Community Information:

For information on current road closures, visit the Tasmania Police website: police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

People at higher risk from the effects of smoke, including those with medical conditions, are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke and managing their health. Advice is available from the Department of Health health.tas.gov.au/health-topics/environmental-health/air-quality or Asthma Australia asthma.org.au/triggers/wood-heaters-woodfires-and-bushfires/

If there is a fire and your plan is to evacuate or leave, the best option is to stay with family or friends.

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