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Take care in the heat

  • Take care in the heat

Take care in the heat

Duty Officer from Wangaratta CFA, Trevor Ebbels has put out the warning to ensure you are aware of the weather conditions around you with temperatures in the high 30's from December 7th around the North East.

He says there are no Fire Bans in place at this stage but that could change in a moment.

"You just need to be aware of the weather conditions and what's going on around you, take precautions in relation to fire at this point in time we don't have any total fire bans in place or plan to put them in but that could change very rapidly as the weather changes".

If you are going to light a camp fire you need to be aware of the regulations.

"Just be aware of what's going on around you and if you must have camp fires make sure that you follow the regulations and the requirements and most importantly don't leave them unattended".

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Trevor Ebbels says there will one member of the community that will need to be on guard; the farmers as Hay bales are inclined to spontaneously combust.

"Depends on harvests and what the condition of hay was when they bailed it but they do catch fire from time to time through the process of spontaneous combustion and all the farmers know about it, we just need to monitor the internal temperatures of your hay bales".

He says if you do light a camp fire never leave it unattended and ensure it is correctly extinguished.

"Make sure they're fully extinguished with water before you leave, and when I say fully extinguished; once you apply water to those campfires you should be able to put your hand down on it and not feel any warmth".

Mr. Ebbels says they are always ready, 24 hours a day, and when certain conditions present it sets off a trigger.

"We're prepared all the time 24/7 but we make sure our personnel are made totally aware of the weather conditions, when we read certain conditions it sets a trigger off for us".

You need to look after your health and ensure you are properly hydrated through the hot times.

"I think importantly it's not just fire related it's heat related, people need to be aware that these high temperatures are occurring this weekend and they need to look after themselves, make sure they remain fairly cool, make sure they remain hydrated and if necessary seek medical help".