Fears wind change could spark Seymour fireMonday 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 2012
More breaking news
Summer-like conditions continue to infiltrate into the Queensland autumn.
On the weekend wild winds battered South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, toppling trees and bringing down powerlines and there is more of that on the way.
Vast areas of Queensland have experienced the hottest May night since records began, some of which stretch back to the 1800s.