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Total Fire Bans declared for Saturday
Total Fire Bans have been declared for Saturday 13 February, in the Mallee, Northern Country, North Central and North East fire weather districts.
This weekend will see the return of hot summer conditions after the recent wet and cool weather.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone said there was a Severe Fire Danger Rating for the Mallee, Northern Country and North Central districts.
“Recent rain does not mean that the fire danger has now passed as many areas across the state remain dry,” he said.
“February has traditionally been a dangerous time of year for bushfires, and this month comes on the back of an earlier than usual start to the Fire Danger Period.”
Under a Total Fire Ban (TFB) no fires can be lit from midnight tonight through to the end of Saturday.
This means campfires cannot be lit and solid and liquid fuel barbecues and ovens are also banned.
Under the forecast weather conditions any fire could quickly take hold and run out of control.
Mr Buffone urged Victorians to heed the warning.
“Many people will be heading north this weekend for events like the Southern 80 ski race,” he said.
“While campfires and river-side cooking may be an ideal part of the experience, this weekend safety comes first.
“And any fires in the open today must be extinguished by midnight.”
For more information about TFBs read 'Can I or Can't I?' on CFA's website to familiarise youself with the rules around what is and isn’t permitted on a day of Total Fire Ban.
Victorians should also make sure they have access to more than one source of information. These include:
- ABC local radio, commercial and designated radio stations or Sky News
- The FireReady App – which sends push notifications for incidents, Total Fire Bans and Fire Danger Ratings
- The VicEmergency website: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667