Rural Fire Service warns region’s residents to prepare for the worst as fires rage across NSW and Victoria this week.TYLA HARRINGTON February 11, 2014 4:35am
NSW Rural Fire Service Mid-Murray Zone Superintendent Lindsay Lashbrook said residents should ‘‘prepare for the worst’’ as fires rage across the region this week.
Fires near Bendigo, Melbourne, Shepparton and in Gippsland have everyone on edge, and Supt Lashbrook said the local fire risk is ‘‘very high’’ for the coming days.
‘‘It’s going to be very hot but the wind is not going to be that bad. Certainly nowhere near as bad as it was on Sunday,’’ Supt said.
‘‘Conditions will be hot and dry.’’
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Deniliquin sweltered to a top of 43.1°C on Saturday and 43.9°C on Sunday.
Elders Weather says Deniliquin is expected to reach 38°C today, 41°C tomorrow and 40°C on Thursday, but the mercury is expected to drop to the low 30s by the weekend.
Supt Lashbrook does not expect total fire ban days to be declared next week, but said the community should ensure their properties are fire ready.
‘‘People should clean up around their homes and make sure there is no flammable items in the area,’’ he said.
‘‘Fire conditions depend on the wind.
‘‘Basically winds were coming from the south yesterday (Sunday) and will start to fluctuate today (Monday).
‘‘The winds aren’t predicted to get above 20km/h in the next week, as opposed to the 60km winds on Sunday.
‘‘If we had a fire on Sunday it would have been a really difficult situation because wind is the cause of fires spreading so quickly.’’
In terms of the Mid-Murray Zone, Supt Lashbrook said the only bushfire burning when the Pastoral Times went to print was in Tooleybuc.
‘‘A fire has been burning at Tooleybuc for a number of days; it’s 20 hectares and was contained and held on Sunday. We’ll be monitoring it in the next couple of days.’’
For more information, phone the Mid Murray Zone fire management centre on 5881
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