Fire authorities were called to a large industrial fire in Altona North last night (1 July 2020).
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) was made aware of the situation soon after and, in discussion with fire officers at the scene, the decision was made to deploy EPA staff in a support role.
EPA has provided advice to the incident controller about setting up air monitoring in the area. EPA has also provided advice on how to contain fire water at the site to minimise impacts on local waterways.
The incident controller has now requested that EPA deploy air monitoring equipment.
Smoke from fires can affect people’s health, people should stay indoors away from smoke.
People with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and people over 65 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow their treatment plan as advised by their doctor.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should call 000.