Tomorrow, Saturday 28 December 2013 has been declared a Total Fire Ban day for seven Victorian districts, including Central District. This means no fire can be lit in the open air from 00:01 hours on 28 December 2013 until 23:59 hours on 28 December 2013.
Temperatures in the northern parts of Victoria are expected to reach 41°C with strong northerly winds. While it will be a little cooler along the coast with tempertures expected to average around 35°C, strong northerly winds are predicted followed by a southwesterly change in the afternoon.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said any fires which do start will be difficult to control in tomorrow’s conditions.
“If you’re travelling, check the Fire Danger Rating for your destination on the CFA website before you go and when you arrive, and listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you’re on the road,” Mr Lapsley said.
Victorians are reminded that campfires are not allowed on a day of Total Fire Ban. Penalties for lighting fires illegally include large fines and possible imprisonment.
“People should also avoid doing any work with machinery tomorrow. Conditions will be very hot and windy and fires will take hold quickly,” Mr Lapsley said.