Prepare to leave: Victoria Valley and Osterley

Bushfire Watch and ActVictoria Valley and OsterleyPrepare to leave

This is a BushfireWatch and Act message for Victoria Valley Rd, Victoria Valley, Osterley and surrounding areas – Prepare to leave.

The bushfire is expected to impact Victoria Valley Rd, Victoria Valley, Osterley and surrounding areas within the next three hours.

The fire is travelling towards Victoria Valley Rd, north of Osterley. Embers and ash falling on Victoria Valley Road, Victoria Valley, Osterley and surrounding areas may threaten your home before the main fire arrives.

Under the current conditions the fire is expected to be difficult to control. Smoke and ash may make it difficult to see and breathe.

Fire crews are attending. Conditions are expected to worsen.

THIS ALERT WAS ISSUED AT 1.05PM ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024.
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ROAD CLOSURE DETAILS

What to do:

If your home is built using contemporary bushfire design standards, is well prepared and you can actively defend it, it may provide shelter.

Decide early if you are going to leave, and make sure you have a clear path to a safer place.

There is a nearby safer place at Ouse Community Hall – Ouse Area. Only travel if it is safe for you to do so.

If you have made a bushfire plan, use it now.

If you don’t live near Victoria Valley Road, Victoria Valley, Osterley and surrounding areas, stay away. The roads could become highly dangerous.

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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