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Total Fire Ban for North East district

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  4.05 PM 28 December, 2014

Location: District 22 News, District 23 News, District 24 News, General

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A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Monday, 29 December 2014 for the North East fire weather district.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said Victoria’s fire authorities were preparing for day of very high fire danger with temperatures in the low 30’s in the North East of the state.

“With conditions worsening it’s important Victorians are vigilant on Monday, as any fire which starts in the North East in particular, will be difficult to control,” Mr Ferguson said.

“With thousands of Victorians taking a break and heading to the bush, it’s critical visitors understand their surroundings and the fire danger, and plan accordingly.”

Victoria is extremely dry and ready to burn. Last week alone, lightning started around 350 fires.

Campers in particular were not permitted to light a campfire and must extinguish any going fire from midnight.

He urged Victorians to visit the CFA website’s “can and can’t do” page to get familiar with the rules around what was permitted on a day of total fire ban.

Mr Ferguson said it was vital to never rely on just one source of information but to use multiple sources including:

  •         ABC local radio, commercial and designated radio stations or Sky News
  •         The FireReady App – which sends push notifications for incidents, Total Fire Bans and what Fire Danger Rating
  •         The website
  •         Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667
  •         CFA Twitter and Facebook accounts.

He said that while information was easily accessible, people should not rely on receiving a warning before deciding what they will do.

Last Updated: 28 December 2014