Ballarat breakfast report: February 11

POLICE

Investigators are working to determine the cause of a grass fire in Burrumbeet last week, which is one of five unexplained fires across the state.

In total, investigators from the arson and explosives squad have investigated 14 different fires across Victoria so far, with nine determined to be suspicious.

The cause of the Burrumbeet fire on Cassidy's Road is one of five that is yet to be determined.

To report information on suspicious behaviour you have seen or concerns about a member of your community, call Crime Stoppers on 1300 888 000.

Meanwhile, Ballarat police are continuing to urge hotel owners outside of Ballarat's CBD to take up a voluntary second liquor accord, however there have been some delays.

Ballarat Police Inspector Bruce Thomas said police were looking to introduce a new liquor accord that would focus on venues outside of the CBD, with an existing accord already in place for central businesses.

There were no major incidents in Ballarat from overnight, according to police.

FIRE

Strike force crews from Ballarat hit the road this morning to assist in fighting the Mickleham fire.

A further two units departed at 6am today, with CFA staff and volunteers on route to help fight the blaze.

Meanwhile, there was just one false alarm in Ballarat overnight, which came as a blessing, according to Ballarat City Fire Brigade senior station officer Anthony Pearce.

"It's important we manage the fatigue of our members when they are helping out elsewhere," he said.

"We will be continuing to deploy crews on a daily basis for the foreseeable future."

WEATHER

Hope you enjoyed your sub-30 degree days while they lasted.

Temperatures are again expected to climb beyond 30 today, with a forecast high of 31 predicted.

There is expected to be some smoke haze, especially throughout the morning from the fires in Melbourne and Gippsland.

Light winds are forecast throughout most of the day, before they drop down to a zephyr in the afternoon.

Tomorrow is forecast to be even hotter again, reaching 35 degrees.

TRAINS

All Ballarat trains are running on time this morning, although there were some significant delays on the line last night, with some Melbourne to Ballarat trains delayed by half an hour.

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ON THE AGENDA

Local business Specialists on Drummond will play host to the official switch on of the Ballarat network with a demonstration of a live NBN-enabled tele-health examination.

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