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TFB declared in five districts
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) has been declared for the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, North Central and Central (includes Melbourne and Geelong) Friday, 19 January 2018.
Friday’s conditions in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, North Central and Central will be severe with temperatures reaching the low 40s.
On Friday the Fire Danger Rating for the Mallee, Wimmera and Central is Severe and Very High for North Central.
State Duty Officer James Dullard said Friday’s hot, dry and windy conditions could make it difficult for firefighters to supress a fire should one start.
“We are asking people to heed the total fire ban conditions and understand that it is illegal to light a fire or allow a fire to remain lit in the open air during a total fire ban.”
“People need to be aware of the increased fire danger and ensure your fire plan covers all possible contingencies.”
TFBs mean no fire can be lit in the open air or allowed to remain alight from 12.01am to 11.59pm on the day of the Total Fire Ban.
For more information on what you can and can't do visit the Can I or Can't I page on the CFA website.
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 of Sky News
- The VicEmergency App
- The VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- The VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226
- CFA or VicEmergency Twitter or Facebook