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Total fire bans across most of Victoria

Tuesday March 26, 2013 - 19:15 EDT
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Victoria to swelter before cool change. A total fire ban has been declared in six districts for Wednesday. - ABC

Wednesday is looking like the last really hot day for a while in Victoria, with fire bans and warnings already posted.

A total fire ban has been declared across most of the State, with hot northerly winds expected to create uncomfortable conditions also in Melbourne.

The bans are for the South West, Wimmera, Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, and Central.

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air for 24 hours, from 12:01am on Wednesday, until 11:59pm.

The Country Fire Authority says fires may spread rapidly and could be difficult to control.

It says if a district has not been declared a Total Fire Ban, fire restrictions may still apply for each municipality.


- ABC

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