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TFB declared in the Mallee and Northern Country
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a total fire ban for Thursday November 20 for the Mallee and Northern Country.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting high temperatures,with northerly winds, followed by a fresh south westerly wind change later in the day.
Chief Officer Ferguson said residents and visitors to the region in particular needed to heed the warnings.
“Most of Western Victoria and parts of Northern Victoria are experiencing very dry conditions after three months of below average rainfall.
“High temperatures and wind, combined with the lack of recent rainfall are expected to create tough conditions for our firefighters tomorrow in the north and north west of the state.
"In a Total Fire Ban any fire in the open air is strictly forbidden - that includes campfires and burnoffs. Welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting is also forbidden.”
Mr Ferguson urged famers and harvesting contactors to consider cessation of harvesting activities during the hours of highest fire danger as temperature and wind speed increased, in line with the CFA and VFF Voluntary Grain Harvesting guide.
“A Total Fire Ban has also been declared in the Southern Riverina part of New South Wales.”
Mr Ferguson concluded that the earlier than usual fire danger period should serve as a wakeup call for residents in high risk areas to get their properties ready for a long and challenging summer.
Check your local Fire Danger Ratings here.
To find out what you can and can’t do on a day of Total Fire Ban click here.