you are not logged in | login or join us

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

Site search


Enter a postcode or town name for local weather, or text to search the site. » advanced search

Addressing mental health in drought affected areas

Audience submitted image 21:19 EST What is the right approach to address mental health in drought affected areas? Events, according to who is the Director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health.

Help with Weatherzone