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Victorian fires threaten Gippsland residents

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More than 2000 firefighters across the Gippsland area of Victoria have been battling at least 19 out of control fires, with residents put on watch and act warnings, The Melbourne Age reports.

thumbnail victorian fires March 20192The affected areas include

  • Dargo
  • Valencia Creek
  • Licola
  • Bunyip State Park
  • Gembrook State Park
  • Yinnar South
  • Dandenong South
  • Bangholme.

Rain has helped firefighters contain the blaze threatening Dargo and slowed other fires to the north-west. In other areas including Bunyip at least seven properties have been lost, and two in Yinnar South. Licola is also under threat. Some areas have been evacuated and residents in remaining locations are urged to stay close to a building they can shelter in, as conditions can change suddenly.

A watch and act warning has been issued by the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) for residents of

  • Billabong
  • Black Snake Creek
  • Budgee Budgee
  • Cowa
  • Crooked River
  • Dargo
  • Gibbs
  • Hawkhurst
  • Howittville
  • Maguires
  • Miowera
  • Peter the Swede
  • Shepherdson
  • Talbotville
  • Waterford
  • Winchester
  • Wongungarra.

The Gallagher Warragul office is reaching out to clients in affected areas to offer assistance and urges everyone to stay safe.

Safety guidelines

  • move vehicles under cover or away from trees
  • secure loose outdoor items
  • seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
  • beware of fallen trees and powerlines
  • never drive, walk or ride through flood waters
  • keep clear of creeks and storm drains
  • for emergency assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

If you need to make a claim

Our expert claims team is on standby, ready to assist you if you need to make a claim.

  • Call 1800 254 287 as quickly as possible. Getting in touch early helps us move the claim forward earlier.
  • If you have safe access to the affected area, please take photos of the damage.
  • If you require after hours emergency assistance, call 1800 254 287 and select option two.

Contact our 24/7 claims 1800 254 287


 

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