Ballarat breakfast report: January 13

WEATHER

The heatwave begins.

Today will reach 35 degrees but believe it or not, it will be the coolest day for the rest of the working week.

It will be almost impossible to spot be a cloud in the sky for most of the day today, with barely a breath of wind to ensure the city well and truly swelters.

The mercury will continue to rise tomorrow, with 39 degrees forecast, with maximum temperatures to hover in the high 30s and even hit 40 on Thursday.

POLICE

A relatively quiet night for Ballarat police, although investigations will continue into a small grassfire at the Canadian State Forest overnight.

Police attended the blaze once firefighters had it under control, in what is believed to be suspicious circumstances.

Meanwhile, a nine-year-old girl from remains in a serious condition in the Royal Children's Hospital after a crash in Meredith on Saturday night.

Five other occupants were also hospitalised, all of which were from Elaine.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au

FIRE

Fire crews rushed to the Canadian State Forest after a fire broke out just before 6.30pm.

A group of children were spotted leaving the scene where the fire broke out, which was cobntained to about 50 square metres.

Nine crews attended the blaze in total, remaining on scene for about 90 minutes.

Crews from Ballarat City, Ballarat, Mt Warrenheip, Sebastopol, Wendouree and Buninyong all attended.

Ballarat City Fire Brigade senior station officer Neville Collins said minimal winds prevented the fire from getting out of hand.

"Luckily it was a fairly still night, we would have been in a spot of bother if the wind had blown up," he said.

Then on the way home, crews attended a leaking gas bottle in Sebastopol, before again being called out at 12.48am for a car fire in Rubicon Street, Sebastopol.

A planned burn will also be conducted near Smythesdale today. 

People are reminded smoke may be visible in the area.

SES

A rather quiet weekend for our SES volunteers over the weekend.

Crews were called to remove some trees down across the road in Daylesford on Saturday and also attended the car crash in meredith on Saturday night to assist with lighting.

Other than that however, a fairly quiet night for volunteers.

TRAINS

All services are running time this morning, according to the V/Line website, with Ballarat and Bendigo lines still undergoing track works.

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