CFA has declared a Total Fire Ban (TFB) for Friday 25 January for all of Victoria.
No fire can be lit in the open air or be allowed to remain alight in the open air in Victoria between 00:01AM and 11.59PM on Friday 25 January.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot weather with temperatures reaching the 40s across much, with an unstable weather pattern moving in on Friday bringing gusty winds and possible lightning.
On Friday, the Fire Danger Rating will be Severe in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, South West, Central, North Central and West & South Gippsland, and Very High in the North East and East Gippsland.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington urged community members to partner with emergency services on bushfire safety preparedness by downloading the VicEmergency app and staying informed.
He urged anyone planning to go away this Australia Day long weekend to make it a habit to check the Fire Danger Ratings every day and understand which rating is their trigger to act.
“If you haven’t already, download the VicEmergency app and make sure you use the feature to set up watch zones for the location you’re visiting, as well as for areas you’ll be travelling through," he said.
State Response Controller said Heat Health Alerts have been issued in Mallee and North East today and everywhere tomorrow except West and South Gippland.
"Heat can kill. On extreme heat days and nights, the vulnerable people in our community will suffer so make sure to look out for each other.and drink plenty of water," he said.
"With hot weather anticipated leading into the Australia Day long weekend there will be more people on our beaches, roads and camping, so make sure you stay hydrated, swim safely and ensure your campfire is properly put out. A small campfire not put out properly can start a major bushfire. When extinguishing a campfire, it needs to be cool to touch before you leave."
Victorians can get emergency information from a number of sources including the VicEmergency app, www.emergency.vic.gov.au, tuning in to ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.