Victoria Asked To Prepare For Hot And Dry Conditions And Increasing Fire Danger

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Joint Media Release

From the State Control Centre


Thursday 7 January 2010


VICTORIA ASKED TO PREPARE FOR HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS AND

INCREASING FIRE DANGER


The CFA and Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) are urging all Victorians to be

on alert and ensure their bushfire survival plan is up to date with hot and dry conditions expected

across the state this weekend and into next week. 


Temperatures are expected to rise over coming days with many inland areas of the state likely to

reach over 40 degrees.

The Fire Danger Ratings are forecast to reach the severe level on

Saturday in the Wimmera, North Central and North Eastern weather districts. 


The Bureau of Meteorology is also forecasting strong, hot, dry northerly winds in the West due to

a change late on Monday, 11 January.

After several hot and dry days this could increase fire

danger in many locations.


“By Monday all Victorians need to be prepared and alert,” CFA State Duty Officer Stephen Walls 

said.


“Over this weekend it is important that those people on holidays or away from home closely

monitor the weather and fire conditions in the areas they are visiting.”


“People need to be aware of the current Fire Danger Rating and weather conditions because they

could be different to what they are at home.


“A bushfire survival plan is just as essential for campers as it is for those at home.

Those

planning to travel should review any plans to visit park or forest areas or to camp in the bush.”


Victorians should monitor the weather and conditions with updated bushfire information available

from the DSE and CFA websites, the Victorian Bushfire Information Line, radio and other media

outlets.






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