Hot weather leads to Colac’s second fire ban in two days

SUNDAY will be a total fire ban for south-west Victoria, as Colac and district’s spell of hot weather continues.

The Country Fire Authority declared the ban for the south-west and Wimmera fire districts for the second day in a row.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the temperature will reach 35 degrees in Colac on Sunday, before rain later in the day.

The temperature hit a peak of 36.9 degrees in the shade at Mount Gellibrand, north-east of Colac, at 3pm Satrurday.

CFA state duty officer Craig Brownlie said while that while south-west Victoria would only have a “very high” fire danger rating on Sunday, rather than a “severe” rating, the combination of hot weather, wind and significant fuel loads resulted in the total fire ban.

“There is a significant fire risk tomorrow across the entire state but especially in the south-west and Wimmera districts,” Mr Brownlie said.

“There are legally binding restrictions during a TFB so people in south-west and Wimmera districts tomorrow need to follow the rules which are explained on the CFA website.”

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