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Extreme & Severe conditions prompt Total Fire Bans
Total Fire Bans have been declared for tomorrow, 13 January 2016, in all Victorian weather districts except East Gippsland.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone said a large part of the state will experience extreme and severe fire risk tomorrow.
“With temperatures predicted above 40 degrees across the state tomorrow, combined with strong northerly winds, the community needs to be prepared,” Mr Buffone said.
Under a Total Fire Ban (TFB) no fires can be lit from midnight tonight through to 11.59pm tomorrow.
This year authorities are taking a zero-tolerance approach to camp fires or bonfires on a Total Fire Ban day.
“We understand there are still many people out and about on holidays but safety comes first,” Mr Buffone said.
“People who have camp fires going today or in the past few days need to ensure they’re extinguished before midnight tonight.
“Please don’t just bury your camp fires with soil, they need to be extinguished properly with water.”
Fire Danger Ratings are forecast to be Extreme in the Mallee, Wimmera and South West and Severe in the Northern Country, North Central, Central, and West and South Gippslandweather districts. **Note Fire Danger Ratings were revised as of 4pm 12/1/16**
“Forests and grass are bone dry and if a fire starts, it will run quickly in tomorrow’s conditions,” Mr Buffone said.
“Your safety is your number one priority. Have a plan in place and leave early if you decide to go. Smoke on the horizon can be a fire on your doorstep in minutes.”
For more information about TFBs read 'Can I or Can't I?' on CFA's website to familiarise youself with the rules around what is and isn’t permitted on a day of Total Fire Ban.
Victorians should also make sure they have access to more than one source of information. They include:
- ABC local radio, commercial and designated radio stations or Sky News
- The FireReady App – which sends push notifications for incidents, Total Fire Bans and Fire Danger Ratings
- The VicEmergency website: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Victorian Bushfire Information Line Tel. 1800 240 667
- CFA Twitter www.twitter.com/cfa_updates and CFA Facebookwww.facebook.com/cfavic
Mr Buffone said that while information was easily accessible, people should not rely on receiving a warning before deciding what they will do.