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CFA District 11 photo: Ramrod Creek bushfire east of Bruthen on Monday.

Bruthen fire eases

Bruthen fire eases

CFA District 11 photo: Ramrod Creek bushfire east of Bruthen on Monday.

Machinery getting in to Bruthen fire area to protect property

The Ramrods Creek bushfire east of Bruthen has been downgraded from 'Watch and Act' status to 'Advice'.

It is still not yet under control but has reduced in intensity overnight.

With the easing of conditions, crews have been working to access properties to attain greater asset protection.

Meanwhile officers are in the air this morning reassessing the fire perimeter and identifying the location of hot spots.

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The Great Alpine Road remains closed between Engineers Road and Ensay.

DELWP says forest tracks in and around the fire area shouldn't be used as they may not be safe. Visitors to parks and forests are asked to consider where they are heading and check local conditions before leaving home.

Some wind, rain and possibly even thunderstorms are expected in East Gippsland's fire areas during the day. The weather bureau says strong winds will continue to challenge fire fighters.

There are air quality warnings stretching as far west as the Latrobe Valley due to the smoke coming from numerous the East Gippsland bushfires started by lightning on Thursday night.

If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).

The East Gippsland Livestock Exchange is open to landholders seeking refuge for their livestock.

The Department of Health & Human Services says contamination of water tanks can be prevented by ensuring they are properly sealed and by disconnecting downpipes to the tank.

Downpipes shouldn't be reconnected until the roof has been cleaned after the fire, either manually or after a flush of rain.

People in bushfire areas are being encouraged to use multiple sources to stay informed:
VicEmergency Hotline - freecall 1800 226 226.
VicEmergency app.
Facebook or Twitter (#vicfires).
Official emergency broadcasters TRFM and Gippsland's Gold.

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