If you are planning outdoor activities this weekend, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) advises that smoke from bushfires is affecting large areas of the state, and you should check forecast conditions in your area before making plans.
With worsening conditions in the north east and north central regions through Friday, air quality in Shepparton, Benalla and Wangaratta has now been rated Unhealthy All, and smoky conditions will continue through the weekend.
While air quality in Gippsland and the Yarra ranges has improved, periodic smoke impacts are likely to continue over the next few days. Everyone should take necessary precautions to protect their health.
Smoke and your health
North East and North Central regions, around Benalla, Shepparton and Wangaratta: Air quality health category is UNHEALTHY ALL – everyone should reduce prolonged or heavy physical activity.
All areas experiencing smoky conditions
People over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions should avoid prolonged or heavy physical activity altogether.
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.
Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
EPA has deployed additional air monitoring equipment to areas in Gippsland and east of Melbourne to monitor smoke impacts from the fires. Access the information from these air monitoring stations at www.epa.vic.gov.au/airwatch