News

News Releases

Hot weather increases fire danger across the state

back to list
22 Feb 2016
A message from the State Control Centre.

Victorians are being urged to be prepared for hot weather over the next couple of days which will see the fire risk increase statewide.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said while the past few weeks have been mild, from tomorrow the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures rising to the high 30’s across most of the state, reaching the 40’s in the north.

“This coupled with hot, freshening northerly winds moving down into Victoria tomorrow, we will see Severe Fire Danger Ratings forecast in most weather districts,” he said.

Total Fire Bans have been declared tomorrow for the whole state except East Gippsland.

Heat Health Alerts have also been issued for North East, Northern Country and North Central districts for tomorrow. Ambulance Victoria advise people to adjust their plans accordingly – if you have to go outside, aim for the coolest part of the day and do not exercise in the heat. Look after yourself and those around you.

Mr Lapsley said there will be 53 aircraft positioned around the state tomorrow ready to respond to any fires along with emergency services personnel.

“Victoria remains dry and with the hot and windy conditions forecast this week, we want to remind Victorians the fire season is not over yet,” he said.

“People need to monitor local conditions and be prepared to put their fire plan into action if necessary.”

Anyone looking to attend bayside beaches after work over the next few days are urged to take care.

There are no patrolled beaches in Port Phillip Bay midweek and after hours. Life Saving Victoria recommends swimming where there is a Life Saving Club, as there is often member activity taking place and emergency resources available. Never swim alone, and be aware of sudden weather changes.

For more information on what you can or can’t do on a day of Total Fire Ban visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can

Stay informed via emergency.vic.gov.au, tune to ABC local radio, download the FireReady App or follow VicEmergency or CFA on Facebook or Twitter. For weather and climate information please visit Meteye www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

Downloads
No information available to download
Back to top
Facts and Features
Safety Tip

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

readAllSafetyTips
Its True

Only working Smoke Alarms save lives.

smokeAlarms
Dial 000 for emergency