Good morning Bendigo - 12.02.14

Good morning Bendigo; hope you all slept well. I'm sure Schapelle Corby did, at the $550-a-night Sentosa Seminyak resort. What a contrast to the prison cell she's called home for the past nine years.

WEATHER

Another scorching Summer day with a top of 39 degrees. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then tending east to southeasterly in the late evening.

Today is not currently a Total Fire Ban day. 

OVERNIGHT NEWS

Fire update

All fires across the state have been downgraded to ‘watch and act’ and ‘advice’, including the Mickleham/Kilmore fire.

So far, 34 houses in Victoria have been destroyed and another 20 damaged.

There are now 18 fires burning across the state and the CFA says residents in those areas should still remain alert.

Closer to home, a small grass fire has broken out at a pine plantation in Barkers Creek, near Castlemaine.

The fire is still going and an 'advice' warning has been issued by the CFA to nearby residents.

A CFA spokeswoman said there were nine CFA units currently attending the fire, with seven more on the way. 

She said no homes were under threat, but nearby residents might see or smell smoke.

She said the CFA had not determined how the fire started.

She said no roads had been closed at this stage.

More to come.

Toyota fallout 

Premier Denis Napthine flew to Canberra yesterday to ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott for help after Toyota’s announcement it will stop manufacturing in Australia at the end of 2017.

The move could cost up to 45,000 jobs, most of them in Victoria. 

TRAINS

The Bendigo service to Southern Cross is operating as a coach due to damage to the tracks from the fires.

Check the V/Line website for more information.

HIT LIST

GALLERY/VIDEO: Bridgewater Bakehouse employee 'fine'

Young boys admit to lighting Long Gully fire

GALLERY: Maiden Gully fire under control

Victoria's bushfire emergency

Schapelle Corby released from Kerobokan prison on parole & arrives at luxury spa

BIRTHDAYS

If it is your birthday today have a great day. I hope you get lots of pressies. 

You share your birthday with Christina Ricci, who began acting at the ripe age of six. 

She has won an Emmy for her role as a paramedic in Grey's Anatomy.

You also share a birthday with Australian sweetheart Jesse Spencer, who starred in Neighbours as a teen and later in medical drama House, M.D.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1624 - English parliament comes together

1700 - The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe.

1912 - China adopts Gregorian calendar

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?

A: Every morning you'll rise and shine! 

Have a good day! 

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