We can’t promise warning page will work – Ryan

ACTING Victorian Premier Peter Ryan can’t guarantee the CFA’s warning page will work during today’s high bushfire danger period. 

Bendigo and Castlemaine and surrounds have severe and extreme fire danger ratings. 

The CFA’s warning page could not be accessed by the Bendigo Advertiser for more than four hours last Friday as the temperature rose above 40 degrees. 

Mr Ryan said the site hadn’t crashed and improvements had been made. 

He said he wasn’t sure how much traffic the site or phone app could handle. 

“The website was slowed because of the amount of traffic going through it,” he said. 

“Last Friday they had 12 million hits in 12 hours, but at no stage did it actually crash. 

“They’ve now done the work around it to expand its capacity and that’s been very successful to date. 

“We’re monitoring it extremely closely.”

Mr Ryan said the website and app were now hosted on separate severs.

He said he was confident the site would work but that he was not sure how many people could access it.

“We do know that we can well and truly accommodate that which happened the other day,” he said. 

“It got to the point of 700 hits per second on the site, but now that they’ve separated the servers, we believe we have plenty of capacity in there to do it.”

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