Friday, 27 December 2013

Severe Fire Conditions On Saturday

Prepare for a dangerous fire day on Saturday, with temperatures predicted to soar to more than 40 degrees in parts of the state.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said Melbourne would reach 38 degrees, while temperatures in northern Victoria were expected to reach 40 due to northerly winds blowing across the state.
Mr Ryan said the bureau would be putting up fire bans and warnings later on Friday, and would advise people to watch out for the most dangerous fire times and areas as a strong southerly wind change swept through on Saturday evening. "If fires are going, they will change direction. The most dangerous time for fires is as the wind change goes through," he said.

Captain of the Diggers Rest CFA, Luke Hynes, warns that burn offs are a real danger to our area. The fire crews have battled many grass fires over the past week due to burns offs getting out of control.

Take precaution when dealing with fires and stay tuned with the emergency services web sites, radio and apps.

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