Total Fire Ban in Mallee, Wimmera on Sunday

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a total fire ban for Sunday November 30 for the Mallee and Wimmera districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting severe fire danger, with thunderstorms likely and fire danger peaking late in the day.

Chief Officer Ferguson said residents and visitors to the region in particular needed to heed the warnings.

“Most of western Victoria is experiencing very dry conditions after three months of below average rainfall.

“High temperatures and later thunderstorms, combined with the lack of recent rainfall are expected to create tough conditions for our firefighters tomorrow in the northwest and west of the state.

"In a Total Fire Ban any fire in the open air is strictly forbidden - that includes campfires and burnoffs.  Welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting is also forbidden.”

Mr Ferguson urged famers and harvesting contactors to consider stopping harvesting activities during the hours of highest fire danger as temperature and wind speed increased, in line with the CFA and VFF Voluntary Grain Harvesting guide.

The Fire Danger Period is already in force across northwestern and western Victoria.

Mr Ferguson that time was fast running out for residents in high risk areas to get their properties ready for a long and challenging summer and now was the time to act.

Check your local Fire Danger Ratings here.

To find out what you can and can’t do on a day of Total Fire Ban click here.

Author: CFA Media