Update, 3.48pm: Widespread power outages hit the Wimmera on Friday afternoon after a powerline fire in Quantong.
A Powercor spokesman said 1400 customers were affected bythe outage, with power expected to be fully restored by 5.30pm.
"Our crews have attended and are replacing a pole that was damaged by fire near Quantong on Friday," he said. "Our initial investigations show that the pole's wooden cross-arm has caught fire, which can occur with light rain following the recent hot and dry period."
Horsham Rural City Council Mayor Mark Radford told the Mail-Times that the powerline fire was likely caused by the combination of rain reacting with dry conditions and dust.
"(Powerline fires) can happen after a long dry spell when dust builds up and combines with light rain, high voltage electricity tracks and can start a fire," he said. "The cross arm in this case has burnt off. "
Update, 3.23pm: Country Fire Authority commander Wayne Hirth said the Quantong fire was due to a powerline on fire.
"We got the call at 2.53pm and it was under control by 3.11pm," he said. "Powercor were on the scene by 3.18pm.
"There is not a lot the CFA can do at this stage so they have handed it over to Powercor."
Mr Hirth said fire conditions had been mild in the Wimmera today.
There are no reported power outages at this stage.
The Mail-Times have contacted Powercor for comment.
Update, 3.17pm: The fire in Quantong near the Wimmera Highway is under control.
Earlier: Three vehicles are responding to a small fire in Quantong near the Wimmera Highway and Lindners Road.
The fire was reported on Friday at 2.53pm.
The Country Fire Authority said the fire danger warning for the Wimmera region was very high on Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast southwesterly winds up to 35km/h on Friday afternoon, decreasing to between 20 and 25km/h in the evening.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said the winds would bring a drop in temperature, while the rain would cease by early evening.
"It will be a lot cooler across the weekend, especially Saturday," he said. "We'll have southwest winds keeping temperatures below average for this time of year, high twenties in the south, low twenties through the north.
"On Sunday we do see those winds easing and temperatures increasing a little. So quite a pleasant afternoon on Sunday."
More to come.
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