Total fire ban declaredThursday January 17, 2013 - 13:04 EDT
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has declared today a day of total fire ban in the north central forecast district.
The fire danger rating is very high in the northern country and north-east forecast districts.
Fire services commissioner Craig Lapsley says it is important people keep up to date with the latest information on fires throughout the day.
"Take time to understand where you seek information - the fire ready app, the CFA website, the bushfire information line, local knowledge," he said.
"Understand where you can access information to make decisions - it's critical.
"Don't rely on one source of information. Think about where you get the information and think about how you'll use it to make good decisions."
The fire danger rating in the Riverina is very high today but a total fire ban has not been declared in this area.
Meanwhile, the Wodonga council says as part of its heatwave plan, residents struggling with the heat can use a number of public areas to stay cool.
The plan was activated after advice from the Department of Health.
Council chief executive officer Patience Harrington says several public spaces can be used as respite during the hottest part of the day.
She says the Wodonga Cube and library can be accessed, along with shopping centres.
"The community will find that there's a range of these sites across the city ... so ... we would like residents to be aware of elderly people or people with a disability or even being aware that mothers with young children, it's not only the elderly, we actually have young babies and children who can experience heat stress," she said.
© ABC 2013
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