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TFB declared in five districts
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a Total Fire Ban for tomorrow, Tuesday 16 December, for the Wimmera, Mallee, Northern Country, North Central and North East fire districts.
Tomorrow’s fire danger will be Extreme in the Mallee and Northern Country, with Severe Fire Danger Ratings forecast for the North East, Wimmera and North Central.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting high temperatures and gusty west to northwest winds, expected to elevate the fire danger ahead of further strong winds throughout the afternoon.
A band of lightning has caused dozens of fires in the north east today, ranging from small tree fires to large fires, west of Wodonga.
Lightning is forecast tomorrow around central and eastern Victoria in the morning, with a strong south to south-westerly change to cross the state in the afternoon.
Chief Officer Ferguson said tomorrow would be the first time this season where Victoria would experience a rating of Extreme, and the most significant fire conditions since February.
“High temperatures, lightning and gusty winds forecast for tomorrow could create difficult conditions for our firefighters in the north and western parts of the state,” he said.
“The Fire Danger Period is in force across Victoria and vegetation is completely dry. All indicators point to a long, tough season ahead.
“Farmers conducting harvesting tomorrow should carefully watch local conditions to determine when they should stop work as the fire danger rises throughout the day.”
Chief Officer Ferguson said residents needed to take responsibility for preventing fires.
On a Total Fire Ban day, any fire in the open air is strictly forbidden, including campfires and burn-offs. Welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting are also banned.
Check Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans for your district here.
To find out what you can and can’t do on a day of Total Fire Ban click here.