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Are you experiencing an emergency?
If you are in immediate danger, call 000.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.
Emergency updates and contact information
Follow @vicemergency on Twitter for the latest updates.
You can also visit the VicEmergency website, call the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226, follow VicEmergency on Facebook or download the VicEmergency app.
For health concerns, including any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
Follow @EPA_Victoria on Twitter for EPA updates.
Air quality information is available at EPA AirWatch.
Deaf, hard of hearing, or those with a speech/communication impairment can contact the VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. For help with English, people can call the Translating and Interpreting Service on free call number 131 450.
EPA's role in an emergency
EPA is a technical support agency. Our role during and after an emergency is to help emergency services and other recovery agencies by providing technical and scientific information and advice.
EPA's emergency support role includes sampling and monitoring. We can also report and advise on the environmental impacts and health risks associated with pollution and waste (such as smoke and poor water quality).
If there is an active fire in your area, safety is the first priority. Listen to advice from emergency services, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), the Country Fire Authority (CFA) or Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on what you need to do.
Follow @vicemergency on Twitter for the latest updates. You can also visit the VicEmergency website, call the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226, follow VicEmergency on Facebook or download the VicEmergency app.
What to do in the event of bushfire
Bushfire smoke and your health
Smoky outside? Protect your health
These EPA fact sheets contain information relating to fire incidents:
EPA AirWatch is a map that shows air quality information measured by EPA’s air monitoring stations around Victoria. Data at each location is updated each hour. To get the most from EPA AirWatch, we recommend you first visit How to use EPA AirWatch.
Fact sheet: incident air monitoring (publication 1726)
How EPA supports emergency response agencies during air pollution incidents
Air monitoring during major pollution events
How smoke affects you depends on your age, pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease, and the length of time you are exposed to the smoke. People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and those over 65 years of age are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
Fact sheet: smoke and your health (publication 1743)
Fact sheet: how we gauge the health risk from smoke (publication 1742)
Effects of smoke
How we gauge the health risk from smoke
The Department of Health and Human Services, local councils and EPA all have important roles in broader public health protection and promoting improved community health and wellbeing.
EPA is responsible for managing public health queries as they relate to hazards and human health impacts from past, present and potential future waste and pollution events.
EPA’s health responsibilities
Local council’s health responsibilities
Department of Health and Human Services’ health responsibilities
Fact sheets in languages other than English
Emergency, crisis and support services
Bushfire smoke and your health
After a fire: cleaning up a smoke-affected home