Potential danger looming


FIRES have remained quiet in the North East over the Australia Day long weekend, however, authorities warn weather this week could cause concern.

Rains last week helped subdue fire conditions across the Abbeyard region, with firefighting crews and machinery being able to take advantage of the situation by creating containment lines where possible and identify hot spots.

Ovens incident controller Garry Harland said the fires had been very quiet throughout the weekend but cited hot weather this week which is forecasted to hit over 40 degrees could create severe conditions.

“We’re very concerned with what we see with the uptick in weather and temperatures going up,” Mr Harland said.

“Winds don’t seem to be too extreme right now but we need to be as prepared as we can be.”

Mr Harland said crews have also been assisted by American and Canadian task forces and firefighters would continue to monitor and eliminate flare ups in the coming days.

“We’re in a state of readiness in anticipation if things flare up,” he said.

“We had a really good working week, the rains quietened things down but hot spots continue to pop up and of course they need to be dealt with.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued ‘very high’ fire danger ratings for today following into Friday, with temperatures forecasted to reach 40 degrees tomorrow and 42 degrees on Friday.

Authorities continue to urge the community to monitor weather conditions and to always check for updates on fire warnings.

For up to date fire information go to https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ or download the app.

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