Fire crews are on the scene of a large hay shed fire near Carisbrook.
The CFA has issued a warning for residents in the areas of Baringhup, Baringhup West, Carisbrook and Moolort.
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The large haystack fire is located on Baringhup Road near Carisbrook.
The CFA has warned that although haystack fires are not likely to spread into grassland but do generate a lot of smoke. This fire may continue to burn for up to two days, the CFA has warned.
Smoke will be visible from nearby roads and communities as firefighters pull apart the hay to extinguish the fire. There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.
For more information on hay fires visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/hay-and-fire-safety.
If you can smell smoke, please note that smoke can affect people’s health. People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.
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.
If you cannot smell smoke you are not likely to be exposed to smoke and it will therefore not affect you.