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Total Fire Ban declared for the Mallee
CFA has issued its first Total Fire Ban (TFB) for the 2016-17 summer season. The TFB has been declared for tomorrow, Monday 21 November for the Mallee region in Victoria’s North West.
Between 00:01AM and 11.59PM on Monday no fire can be lit on the open air or be allowed to remain alight in the open air.
A severe fire danger is forecast for the Mallee with temperatures expected to reach the early 40’s and winds up to 40km/h.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the declaration of a TFB should act as a timely reminder that the summer season is fast approaching.
“Conditions are going to be hot and windy across much of the state. People need to exercise common sense. While fires cannot be lit in TFB areas people need to be careful everywhere,” said Mr Warrington.
“The hot weather has begun and although many parts of the state continue to experience heavy rain fall, there is still significant fire risk.
“Don’t delay making fire preparations. Discuss with loved ones what you’ll do if a fire starts nearby, and ensure your fire plan covers all possible contingencies.
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.
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 or Sky News
- The VicEmergency App
- The VicEmergency website: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Vic Emergency Hotline: 1800 226 226
- CFA Twitter www.twitter.com/cfa_updates and CFA Facebook www.facebook.com/cfavic