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Fire Conditions Update 10/02/14
The last 24 hours have seen a lot of fire activity across Victoria. Yesterday was a total fire ban across the whole state; hot, windy conditions, with a cold front going though the state had everybody on high fire alert.
There were quite a number of fires throughout the state; upward of a hundred throughout the day. The areas of concern though from yesterday are areas north of Melbourne, in the Latrobe Valley and down in far-east Gippsland, so fires in those areas are still active today and there's still a lot of fire activity going on.
We understand for communities that yesterday was also very much a day of pressure and a day of concern for them. They would have seen a lot of smoke, a lot of emergency services vehicles and would also be trying to find information and contact their families and friends with what was going on, so a pressure day for everybody. We're hoping that we can work really hard, our crews have done a great job through the weekend, through yesterday, and they will continue to do that in the coming days, to contain the fires that are still active across the state.
The weather this week is in our favour quite a bit. We don't have the hot, windy conditions that we've seen over the last couple of days but there is no rain at the moment and there is still a lot of work to do. We do ask communities to make sure they stay informed of information, use local radio, use the websites, social media and ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line. If you're planning to travel throughout the state, do your planning, make sure you find out what's going on in the areas you're intending to go to and stay out of the way of emergency services as there is still a lot of work to do in the coming week.
Transcript: Alan Goodwin, Chief Fire Officer Department of Environment & Primary Industries - Fire conditions update - 10 February 2014