Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Fears wind change could spark Seymour fire

Monday December 10, 2012 - 08:00 EDT

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is concerned that an expected wind change later this week could cause a large grass fire north of Melbourne to flare out of control.

The blaze has burned about 620 hectares of grass near Seymour.

It is thought it was started by lightning strikes on Saturday night.

The CFA's incident controller, John Leben, says the fire has been contained, but a north-westerly wind change on Wednesday could push it rapidly to the east.

Crews are continuing to reinforce containment lines this morning.

Mr Leben says the fire should act as a serious warning to people who live in high fire risk areas.

"The community needs to be aware that they should prepare for fire on an ongoing basis," he said.

"They should have their fire plans in place, not just for today but for every day of the fire danger period and that includes for the rest of this summer."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Heat put on hold in the southeast

14:24 EDT

Temperatures will cool down for much of the week for South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

Brief monsoonal activity for QLD and the NT

12:58 EDT

The monsoon trough has made a glancing blow of Queensland's Cape York Peninsula and the Top End.

Rain welcome but many in western Queensland 'still doing it tough'

21:28 EDT

Rain in parts of western Queensland in the past week has raised hope that the drought may finally be over, but the long, dry years have already devastated pastures and wiped out incomes for many farming families.