Ballarat breakfast report: January 14

WEATHER

Who would have thought that Ballarat would be one of the coolest places in western and northern Victoria today, even though it is forecast to reach 40 degrees?

As a severe heatwave sweeps eastern Australia, revised forecasts predict today will be the hottest day of the week in Ballarat.

After an uncomfortable night, in which the temperature did not drop below 21 degrees, it is expected to be 29 by 9am and 35 by midday.

However, the hot northerly winds are expected to be fairly light.

Expect tonight to drop to a low of 21 degrees again.

Elsewhere in the state, Melbourne will hit 43, Echuca, Mildura, Swan Hill and Horsham will reach 44, while Ouyen and Donald will top 45.

POLICE

Police reported a quiet night in Ballarat overnight, after a busy afternoon in which officers were responsible for establishing and maintaining roadblocks around the Trawalla fireground.

Other than that, police did not report any incidents.

Elsewhere, Torquay Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information from the public following a fire in bushland near Lorne yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the Blanket Leaf Picnic area, situated on Erskine Falls Road, after a fire was spotted about 10.40am.

The fire caused considerable damage to surrounding bushland.

Police believe a van, described as being an older type and either cream or yellow in colour, was in the vicinity of the picnic area just prior to the fire.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the van in the area at the time to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

FIRE

It was not just the bushfire at Trawalla that kept firefighters on their toes overnight, with a number of incidents in town ensuring a hectic day for fire crews.

Volunteer crews were first called out to Springbank at 8.15pm for a gas bottle that had caught fire, before the attention turned to a grass fire on Flockhart Street, Mt Pleasant at 11.52pm.

That was soon brought under control, but it was not long before the night shift crew attended a garage fire on Victoria Street, Sebastopol, at 12.12am.

Fire investigators will this morning attend the Sebastopol property to try and determine what started the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the brick garage.

Police are also investigating.

AMBULANCE

No major trauma incidents for our paramedics from overnight.

SES

No call outs for our SES over night.

Crews were on standby for the Trawalla bushfire if required, however they were not called in.

TRAINS

All services in the state are listed as running on time, while coaches continue to replace trains on the Ballarat line.

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