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    Junior cricketers have had to deal with smoke haze this week.

Smoke haze warning for the Wimmera

The Wimmera's air quality will be poor for the next few days. You can expect smoky conditions on Friday. 

This Advice is being issued for poor air quality across most of Victoria which is unhealthy for people with sensitivities.

  • Smoke from bushfires in Eastern Victoria and New South Wales is currently affecting air quality across most of Victoria.
  • Smoke can aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing.



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DETAILED FORECAST BY WEATHER DISTRICT 

 

North East Weather District: 

Air quality is currently VERY POOR due to periods of south to south easterly winds, likely returning to HAZARDOUS on Thursday. 

 

East Gippsland Weather District: Fires are producing significant amounts of smoke resulting in HAZARDOUS conditions in eastern towns and valleys. This is likely to persist through to Friday. 

 

West and South Gippsland Weather District: 

Air quality is likely to be POOR on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Central Weather District: 

Light south easterly winds are likely to transport smoke from the fires in eastern Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday. Impacts from fires in NSW may occur early on Friday. Smoke is expected to clear on Saturday. Across the next 4 days POOR to VERY POOR air quality is likely. 

 

North Central Weather District: 

Light south easterly winds are likely to transport smoke from the fires in eastern Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday. Impacts from fires in NSW may occur early on Friday. Smoke is expected to clear on Saturday. Across the next 4 days POOR to VERY POOR air quality is likely. 

 

Mallee Weather District: Over the next few days POOR air quality is likely. Smoke from NSW and Kangaroo Island may arrive on Friday. 

 

South West Weather District: South easterly winds are likely to transport smoke from the fires in eastern Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday. Smoke from NSW and Kangaroo Island may arrive on Friday. Over the next few days MODERATE air quality is likely. 

 

Wimmera Weather District: Over the next few days POOR air quality is likely. Smoke from NSW and Kangaroo Island may arrive on Friday. 

 

Northern Country Weather District: Over the next few days POOR to HAZARDOUS air quality is likely. Smoke from NSW and Kangaroo Island may arrive on Friday.

 

 

Smoke can affect people's health. You should be aware of the impacts of smoke on you and your family’s health.

 

Everyone should minimise the time spent in smoky conditions whenever practical to do so.

 

When the air quality is at Hazardous levels due to smoke, everyone, especially those in sensitive groups, should consider temporarily relocating outside the smoke-affected area until there is a sustained improvement in air quality.  If this is not possible and there is no direct threat from bushfires, stay indoors and keep activity levels as low as possible.

 

If your maximum visibility is 1.5 kilometres or less, your air quality is in the Hazardous level, and you need to limit your time outdoors, limit exercise and follow any treatment plans.

 

What you should do:

  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Symptoms of smoke inhalation injury can include itchy eyes, sore throat and runny nose through to shortness of breath, coughing, vomiting, nausea, and confusion.
  • For more information on smoke and your health visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smoke.
  • You should not travel to East Gippsland, Alpine Regions or North East Victoria as there are significant fires burning, which are threatening lives and property.  A State of Disaster has been declared.

People should guard against exposure to smoke by taking some simple precautions:  

  • Stay inside your house if possible; close all windows and doors
  • If you use an air conditioner switch it to “recycle” or “recirculate” 
  • Avoid exercise
  • Ordinary paper dust masks and handkerchiefs won't filter out fine particles from bushfire smoke - use a special P2 or N95 filter mask, which you can get at a hardware store.  Be sure it fits properly and you don't have any medical issues that would prevent use.

 

If you are sensitive to smoke:

  • Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • If you are sensitive to smoke you should reduce prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
  • If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.

Impacts in your area

  • It may be smoky or hazy in your area.
  • Road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility associated with smoke.
  • Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is currently monitoring air quality in Victoria.

This message was issued by Environment Protection Authority.

 

The next update is expected by 09/01/2020 07:00 pm or as the situation changes.

 

Health information:

Use multiple sources to stay informed:

Accessibility:

The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.

  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.

 

More details at http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/11806/moreinfo