Total fire ban warning for Mallee residents as temperatures rise

A total fire ban has been declared for the Mallee on Tuesday, as temperatures rise to the late 30s.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued the total fire ban, with no fires allowed to be lit or to remain alight in the open air from 12.01am on Tuesday until 11.59pm.

The BOM has forecast 38 degrees in Ouyen, Wycheproof and Hopetoun, and 37 in Birchip, Donald, Swan Hill and Kerang.

State Duty Officer Greg Christison said the declaration of a TFB should act as a timely reminder that the summer season is fast approaching.

“(Today’s) hot and windy conditions could make it difficult for firefighters to supress a fire should one start, therefore we are asking people to take heed of the Total Fire Ban conditions,” he said.

“People need to be aware of the increased fire danger and ensure your fire plan covers all possible contingencies.”

Winds across the Mallee are expected to be northerly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day then turning northeasterly 20 to 25 km/h in the evening.

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