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Be ready for heat

By Thomas Moir

The region’s mercury is set to bounce back up towards the high 30s and low 40s during the next few days, resembling what the local Country Fire Authority district describes as ‘‘heat wave-type conditions’’.

And while other factors such as humidity and low winds forecast will come into play, CFA District 22 Operations officer district Trevor Ebbels has stressed it remains important to stay vigilant and aware of fire risk during this heat.

‘‘From a fire danger point of view, there’s lots to consider,’’ Mr Ebbels said.

‘‘Temperature is only small part of it... We’re looking at wind strength... we’re looking at fairly high humidity for Monday.’’

‘‘It’s still very high... it’s a day where people need to be very much aware of what they’re doing and things around them.’’

After what was described as a brief reprieve in recent days, Mr Ebbels said the region would be looking at ‘‘heat wave-type conditions’’ during the next few days.

‘‘People need to look after themselves, maintaining hydration... and to be very much aware’’ to not ‘‘let your guard down’’.

Mr Ebbels said some decisions around total fire bans would be made closer to the day.

For today, Mr Ebbels said the fire danger rating remained at a very high level and that district headquarters would have an instant management team on standby, available within an hour alongside other dedicated resources.

‘‘We’re managing incidents as they pop up, and if we need to transfer to a management team, we’ll have that discussion,’’ he said.

Mr Ebbels reinforced the message for people ‘‘not to get complacent’’.

‘‘It doesn’t matter what the weather conditions look like,’’ he said. ‘‘We ask the public, if they see smoke, to report it... We’d rather get 200 calls to same job than not get any.’’

Editorial, page 12

More on warm weather records, page 16