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Hundreds of Fires Over Four Days

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  6.02 PM 17 February, 2013

Location: General

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Victoria is in the grip of an extremely busy period for fires, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today.

Since 3pm, Thursday 14th February to 11.30am Sunday 17th February (today), 387 new bush and grassfires have started.

That figure is expected to have exceeded 400 early this afternoon. The majority of those fires were started by lightning.

There are 26 fires currently still ‘going’.

“It has been a very active fire period in many areas of the state and the emergency services have been kept very busy,” Mr Lapsely said.

“This activity has been driven by four days of hot, dry weather and tomorrow (Monday) is expected to be the worst day of the past week.

“The hot weather is expected to continue for awhile yet so it’s important Victorians remain aware of the potential for fires and know what they will do if one starts.”

Mr Lapsely said up to 1075 firefighters, 240 vehicles and 64 aircraft have been active each shift over the past four days.

“Right across the state thousands of people have been working incredibly hard, day and night, protecting their community,” he said.

“I want to thank them, and everyone who has been supporting them - including family, friends and employers - for their efforts.”

The operations being undertaken rely on CFA volunteer and career firefighters, DSE, Parks Victoria, MFB and interstate and international crews (NZ and NSW).

An additional NZ task force (22 firefighters) and two NSW task forces (40 firefighters) arrive on Wednesday to provide further support.

Mr Lapsely said fires in Western Victoria (including the Grampians) and Eastern Victoria (including Harrietville and Aberfeldy) are currently of most significance

Last Updated: 17 February 2013