CFA on high alert following numerous grass fires around the Ballarat region

Fire authorities are still on high alert with warmer weather expected in the coming days.

CFA was kept on stand-by as temperatures soared to the high 30s at the weekend with small fire emerging around the region. 

With the heat looking to continue  for the remainder of the week, fire authorities warned residents to be careful.

CFA, District 15 operations officer Malcom Bruce said people should avoid using machinery and lighting flames on high risk fire danger days.  The warning comes after homes were threatened last week when a camp fire at Cape Clear burned out of control.

  Fire authorities were still patrolling the area and warned campers to keep a close eye on their camp fires.

“It is important for fires to be extinguished properly and not be left unattended,” Mr Bruce said.

There was a significant fire at Yandoit and police are looking for information about a small fire that occurred in Sebastopol last night.

The CFA quickly extinguished the grass and scrub fire but confirmed the fire was deliberately lit. The incident occurred between 6.30 and 7pm, adjacent the Yarrowee Creek, 100 metres east of Bala Street. 

With mild wind keeping today’s fire danger down, tomorrow could see winds getting up and the potential for risk in the following days.

“We have been told it’s Friday that could be bad,” he said.

Temperatures are set to reach a top of 36 degrees today.

Anyone with  information about the Yandoit fire call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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