Rural Fire Service hopes for rain in far westEugene Boisvert, Friday January 18, 2013 - 09:31 EDT
The Rural Fire Service is hoping a storm front expected to arrive in the far west this afternoon will bring rain, not lightning.
Lightning started dozens of fires in the far west in the past two weeks, that have only now been contained.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there is the chance of rain and thunderstorms across the far west this afternoon and evening.
RFS far west manager Chris Favelle is hoping the weather will be kind to them this time.
"That change will bring with it some possible rain activity but also some possible lightning activity," he said.
"So obviously we're going to be keeping a close eye on that and watching for any ignitions that we get from lightning.
"Hopefully there'll be some rain with it but you never know, the way this summer's been going."
© ABC 2013
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