Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

First fire ban of the season declared for the Mallee

Thursday November 7, 2013 - 07:52 EDT

The first fire ban of the season has been declared in north-western Victoria after firefighters were called to two blazes in the Mallee on Wednesday.

The weather bureau is warning the fire danger is severe for the Mallee and is predicting hot and dry north-westerly winds.

Temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius in Mildura and Ouyen on Wednesday and are tipped to reach 37C at Kerang and Swan Hill.

Two fires broke out in the region yesterday, including one at a Beauchamp farm, south of Swan Hill.

The Country Fire Authority says it was started by farm machinery and burnt through 80 hectares.

There was another crop fire at Hattah, south of Mildura, which was also started by farm machinery.

From there it spread into a state forest.

Crews will be working to strengthen containment lines around that fire today.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

SA weather: Power outages continue for thousands after more than two days in dark

20:57 EST

Power may not be restored to Eyre Peninsula homes until the early hours of the morning after twin tornadoes and wild weather caused significant damage to transmission towers in South Australia.

Concern for homes in South Australia as floodwaters rise, swollen rivers burst their banks

20:11 EST

Water levels have continued to rise in the Gawler River, with significant flooding occurring in the town and surrounding districts north of Adelaide.

SA weather: Gawler flooding in wake of severe storms as river continues rising

20:07 EST

Flooding is underway in the town of Gawler and surrounding districts north of Adelaide as the Gawler River rises.