Challenging fire conditions this weekend

March 16, 2018

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and local police are urging the community not to be complacent this weekend with the region facing severe fire conditions.
Additional firefighters, aircraft and heavy machinery are on standby ready to respond.
Total Fire Bans have been declared on Saturday for the Northern Country along with the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Central and North Central areas.
A recent string of suspicious fires in the Mulwala and Corowa area have police on the hunt for a suspected fire bug. Police are asking residents to remain vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspicious while perhaps parked on the side of the road, in areas where you think they shouldn’t be, or it doesn’t look normal; take note of the vehicle, registration, description of the person.
FFMVic Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Hume Region, Shaun Lawlor, said fires which start on the weekend will be fast moving, unpredictable and challenging firefighters to control.
“We are asking the public to stay informed and alert as the hot and windy weather has the potential to significantly impact on the community,” Mr Lalor said
“If you are planning to go camping this weekend, you need to exercise significant care and observe the conditions around you.
“Now is not the time to become complacent.”
Mr Lawlor said Incident Control Centres will be operating strategically across the Region.
To monitor conditions and find out more visit, tune into ABC Local Radio, download the Vic Emergency App, call the Vic Emergency hotline 1800 226 226 and keep on eye on social media.
Anyone with information on any suspicious fires is also urged to contact the Mulwala Police Station (03) 5743 8099 Corowa Police Station on (02) 6033 1144, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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