|Tomorrow, Saturday 1st December, has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Wimmera and Mallee. This comes alongside a Fire Weather Warning from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Saturday’s conditions in the Wimmera and the Mallee will be warm to hot, with temperatures reaching the low to mid-30s, coupled with winds up to 50kms/hour.
The combination of heat and wind will significantly increase the fire risk, resulting in a Fire Danger Rating of Severe for both regions this Saturday.
Acting Chief Officer Stephanie Rotarangi urged residents of the Mallee and Wimmera regions to prepare for the hot weather and have their fire plan ready to go.
“It’s the first day of summer and we are already having a Total Fire Ban day in the north-west of the state. We are asking all Victorians to be prepared for a long, hot summer”, A/CO Rotarangi said.
“Residents in the Mallee and Wimmera must heed the total fire ban conditions and understand that it is illegal to light a fire or allow a fire to remain lit in the open air during a total fire ban.
“People need to be aware of the increased fire danger and ensure your fire plan covers all possible contingencies.”
TFBs mean no fire can be lit in the open air or allowed to remain alight from 12.01am to 11.59pm on the day of the Total Fire Ban.
Bureau of Meteorology - Fire Weather Warning
The BOM has issued a Fire Weather Warning for the Mallee and Wimmera forecast districts for Saturday.
Hot and dry conditions over the northwest Saturday with northwesterly winds becoming fresh and gusty, a westerly change is expected during the late afternoon.