Total fire ban lifted for Colac district

UPDATE: 7pm Sunday, February 5

THE Country Fire Authority has lifted a total fire ban for Colac and district.

The CFA revoked the ban due to falling temperatures, light rain and rising humidity.

CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson said the chances of a new fire had diminished significantly.

 

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COLAC and district will be under a total fire ban today (Sunday) as strong wind and dry vegetation create high fire danger.

The Country Fire Authority declared the ban south-west Victoria, as well as the Mallee, Wimmera, northern country, north central and central fire districts.

Wind gusts could reach up to 75 kilometres an hour.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the CFA expected the weather to be warm overnight, with wind picking up this morning, especially in the western part of the state.

“Those conditions will intensify with a dangerous combination of high winds and very dry fuel loads,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Fuel loads in many grassland areas and on road sides are heavy because of the strong growth over the past year. Forest areas in the west, central and north of the state are also very dry,” he said.

“The vigorous winds will be fresh to strong from the north, north-west ahead of a wind change from the west that will progress across the state during the day.

“Isolated thunderstorms are also expected which could bring lightning.

“People need to monitor the local conditions and stay informed about any fire activity.

“With such a high risk of fast-moving grassfires, people need to be especially careful on the roads.”

The ban means it is illegal to light fires in the open, and people must also avoid activities which could accidentally spark fires.

The ban lasts until midnight.

The bureau of Meteorology has predicted the temperature to reach 30 degrees in Colac today, with a chance of rain at midday.

The region has a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Visit the CFA’s website for rules about what people can’t do during a total fire ban.

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