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Travellers urged to stay safe
While enjoying Australia Day celebrations this long weekend, people travelling across the state are being urged to check local fire conditions before they leave and to stay informed.
Very High and Severe fire danger is forecast tomorrow with hot and windy conditions to continue through the night and into Friday morning.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said this Australia Day long weekend, people needed to be aware of fire conditions, including Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans and should decide what they would do in the event of an emergency.
“This includes staying informed throughout the weekend. As we know, conditions can change rapidly and you need to be ready to act under the threat of fire,” Mr Lapsley said.
“Often when people are travelling they are less aware of the local conditions and risk and because they are holidaying, are a lot more relaxed.
“It is extremely important heading into these severe fire conditions that you keep on top of weather and fire conditions. Decide your trigger to leave and don’t wait until it’s too late.”
Mr Lapsley reminded the public a number of fires were still burning in the east of the state at Aberfeldy, near Heyfield and at Harrietville and said these blazes would be monitored closely tomorrow and throughout the weekend.
“Residents in these areas should also be aware for the potential of these fires to spread and the importance of keeping up to date with local warnings and advice,” he said.
“Never rely on one source for information – Visit the
There is a wealth of alternative holiday activities away from fire affected areas. Local accredited Visitor Information Centres and accommodation providers across the region are well placed to inform visitors with options.
Due to current fires, Department of Sustainability and Environment (
Due to the nature of the fires, road closure information can change quickly.