0900: EPA Victoria has issued a low level smoke alert for the Latrobe Valley today (Friday) as a result of the Hazelwood open cut mine fire smoke.

A low level alert means that it is likely residents will see ongoing smoke throughout the day, with visibility reduced to between 10 – 20 kilometres due to high particle concentrations in the air.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester has advised people aged over 65, preschool aged children, pregnant women or anyone with a pre-existing heart and lung condition living or working in the southern part of Morwell to consider temporary relocation because of the Hazelwood mine fire.

“As a sensible precaution the best way for vulnerable people in the southern part of Morwell to avoid the continuing smoke and manage their health would be to temporarily relocate,” Dr Lester said.

“Anyone with a heart or lung condition should take their medication as prescribed by their doctor.

“People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan.

“Everyone should keep informed about fire activity in their immediate area. Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.

“People in these more vulnerable groups should call 1800 006 468 to seek advice and make arrangements for temporary relocation.”

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Reviewed 4 August 2021