Extreme weather conditions pose big risk

FIRE crews are bracing for extreme weather conditions, with the community urged to remain alert.   

A day of Total Fire Ban is in place for the whole of the state today. 

Bendigo operations officer Craig Houlahan said all available crews would be on standby should a fire start in the region. 

"All of our tankers, aircraft and crews will be available (today)," he said. 

"Because of the extreme weather conditions we had prior to Monday, all available fuel, grass and bush, is completely dry, and ready to burn.

"For us it is going to be when the wind change comes through, it'll be a critical time.

"If there is a fire in the landscape it's going to be impossible for us to suppress the fire in those conditions."

Mr Houlahan said the wind gust would be at its worst from mid to late afternoon according to initial reports from the Bureau of Meteorology. 

He said the community could do a number of things to protect themselves and help to assist the region's firefighters. 

"If they see flames dial triple zero," he said. 

"(They should) be aware of their local conditions. 

"They can monitor the radio for fires in their area and make sure they have the technology for the CFA app."

Mr Houlahan said people should contact the bushfire information line if they see smoke. 

He said families should test their bushfire emergency plans prior to the worst heat of the day to ensure everything is in place. 

The Victorian Bushfire Information Line is contactable on 1800 240 667.

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