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Hot weather and fire update

POSTED: 
19 January 2018

Victorian’s have experienced a hot and dry few days with temperatures in the low to mid 40s across most of the state. While a cool change is moving through from the south of the state, the north-west (Mildura and Swan Hill) is expected to remain hot into the weekend.

On Thursday and Friday CFA and FFMVic firefighters responded to 40 grass and scrub fires and on Victorian beaches, Life Saving Victoria personnel rescued 40 people.

Fires of significance over the last two days were in the state’s south west on Thursday. A grassfire near Mumbannar, 17km west of Dartmoor (near the South Australian border) was around 59ha and a second fire, at Dreeite – Reads Road, 18km north west of Colac, claimed two derelict houses, five sheds, a number of sheep, hay and some fencing. The fire got to 426ha.

Victoria’s Large Air Tankers were dispatched to fires at Kellalac, Langi Kal Kal, Mumbannar and Dreeite, while the orange Air-Cranes responded to fires at Moriac and also responded to Langi Kal Kal and Dreeite.

On Thursday and Friday, 65 warnings were issued, including two Emergency Alerts, four Emergency Warnings, 11 Watch and Acts, 45 Advice, one community information and four All-Clear.

Melbourne’s CBD reached 40.3 degrees today while Laverton and Avalon reached 42. The state’s hottest spot was Walpeup near Ouyen, at 46.4 degrees while Hopetoun was 46 and Longerenong near Horsham recorded 45.9.