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Fire danger spike Friday
CFA is warning of an unseasonal spike in fire danger across much of Victoria on Friday 2 May as the result of warm windy weather.
Fire danger ratings are expected to peak in the “Very High” range in the Central weather district, which includes Melbourne and Geelong, and the Central District, north of Melbourne.
The rest of the state will experience “High” fire danger ratings.
CFA State Duty Officer Tony O’Day said despite being well into autumn, much of Victoria was still dry after below average rainfall over the past month.
“Melbourne is expecting temperatures in the low 20’s tomorrow, and northerly winds, particularly in the afternoon,” Mr O’Day said.
“Combined with dry fuel across the state, and the likelihood of fires starting is very high. CFA is urging anyone planning to do some burning off tomorrow to put it off until another day.”
Mr O’Day said despite a busy summer, Victoria’s fire services were still ready to respond quickly to the difficult conditions.
Mr O’day urged Victorians to visit the cfa.vic.gov.au, listen to ABC Local radio, use the FireReady app, call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) or visit an accredited visitor information centre.