Friday,  January 19, 2018 has been declared a day of TOTAL FIRE BAN in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, North Central and Central (includes Melbourne and Geelong) district(s) of Victoria. (Kinglake and surrounds are in the North Central and Central Fire Ban Districts)

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12:01 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018 until 11:59 PM Friday, January 19, 2018.

State Duty Officer James Dullard said Friday’s hot, dry and windy conditions could make it difficult for firefighters to supress a fire should one start.

“We are asking people to 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,” Dullard said.

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. Tractors, chainsaws and mowers should be used only if absolutely necessary.

For more information on what you can and can’t do visit the Can I or Can’t I page on the CFA website.

Victorians should also make sure they have access to more than one source of information, including:

–          ABC local radio (774kHz AM ABC Melbourne, 97.7FM ABC Goulburn-Murray, 94.5FM UGFM (Kinglake Ranges), commercial and designated radio stations of Sky News

–          The VicEmergency App for iOs and Android smart phones/tablets; The VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au;

–          The VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and/or the CFA or VicEmergency on Twitter or Facebook



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