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Total Fire Bans – Wed 22 Feb

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  4.23 PM 21 February, 2017


Location: General

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A Total Fire Ban has been declared tomorrow, Wednesday, 22 February, in all fire weather districts, except the North East and across Gippsland.

Tomorrows conditions are forecast to be warm and dry, with northerly winds ahead of a blustery west-south westerly change.

Fire Danger Ratings will be Extreme in the Wimmera, Severe in the Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, South West and Central, and Very High across Gippsland.

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said hot, dry and windy conditions would mean fast moving fires were possible.

“The main areas of concern are grasslands, the Mallee region and dry forests north of the divide, the area between Ballarat, Grampians and Geelong,” he said.

“The grass is dry, so under conditions like those forecast tomorrow, fast-moving fires are possible. Although it’s not going to be super hot, strong blustery winds through the day means there’s potential for significant fires.”

On a day of Total Fire Ban, no fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12.01am on Wednesday 22 February, until 11.59pm.

For more information about what is permitted on a day of Total Fire Ban, check the Can I and Can’t I page on the CFA website.

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 of Sky News
  • The VicEmergency App
  • The VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au
  • The VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226
  • CFA or VicEmergency Twitter or Facebook
Last Updated: 21 February 2017