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Shepparton police on fire watch

With the increase in temperature, Shepparton police are targeting 'hot spots' that are at risk of igniting.

KAITLIN THALS November 29, 2012 4:27am

First Constable Shane Hughes will be among the police officers patrolling areas at risk of fire igniting.

Police will patrol high-risk fire areas across Shepparton today as temperatures are expected to soar to 40°C.

Shepparton police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Will Watkins warned the community police patrols would increase in attempt to stop fires from igniting and spreading.

Det Sen Sgt Watkins said Operation Fire Set-up was a statewide initiative focusing on strategies to reduce the risk associated with fire.

‘‘It’s a good opportunity to remind people of those dangers and risks associated with fire,’’ he said.

‘‘Police will be patrolling ‘hot spot areas’ at risk of ignition. We’re working in conjunction with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) and pleading to the public to report anyone suspicious in the area — we want to avoid any revisit of Black Saturday.’’

Anyone with information can phone Shepparton Police Station on 58205777, Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or by going online to In the case of an emergency, phone 000.

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