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Total Fire Ban in seven districts
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for tomorrow, Saturday 28 December 2013 for the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, North Central, Central and North East districts.
No fire can be lit in the open air from 00:01 hours on 28 December 2013 until 23:59 hours on 28 December 2013.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said temperatures will reach 41°C in the north of the state with strong winds.
"Any fires which do start will be difficult to control in tomorrow’s conditions," Mr Lapsley said.
"People should use today as an opportunity to prepare themselves, their families and their homes ahead of this fire danger.
"If you're travelling, check the Fire Danger Rating for your destination on the CFA website before you go and when you arrive, and listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you’re on the road."
Victorians are reminded that campfires are not allowed on a day of Total Fire Ban. Penalties for lighting fires illegally include large fines and possible imprisonment.
"People should also avoid doing any work with machinery tomorrow. Conditions will be very hot and windy and fires will take hold quickly," Mr Lapsley said.
To find out what you can and can't do on a day of Total Fire Ban please visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/