Ballarat breakfast report: February 12

FIRE

Firefighters are currently battling a blaze in a pine plantation near Castlemaine.

It is believed the fire has already burnt about four acres of the Barkers Creek plantation, with crews arriving on scene just after 7am.

It is not known what started the blaze, which was brought under control at 8.20am.

Crews are expected to remain on scene for most of the day.

Meanwhile in Ballarat, a night without any callouts might sound quiet, but not for our firefighters.

Another four strike force units were dispatched to Morwell overnight, to assist in battling the Gippsland fire.

The two units dispatched to the Mickleham fire yesterday have also been transferred to help fight the Morwell blaze, which could possibly burn for weeks.

POLICE

An uneventful night in Ballarat according to police, although there was one good news story certain to brighten your morning.

Police in Dandenong tried to intercept a car at 1.45am for a random check, but what they found came as more of a surprise.

The car failed to pull over and a slow-speed police chase ensued, with the car continuing to obey the speed limit and road signs.

When the car did eventually pull over, it happened to be into the emergency entrance of a hospital.

To the surprise of the police members, when the car door opened they were met by the cries of a new born baby that had been delivered in the vehicle just moments earlier. 

Police quickly alerted hospital staff who attended to the mother and child, while the driver remained outside.

No action was taken against the driver.

WEATHER

You would not think if it you looked out the window, but Ballarat is set for another scorcher.

The mercury is tipped to hit 35 degrees today, although it is unlikely we will see much sun.

Smoke from the many fires in central and eastern Victoria continues to blanket much of the state, with an eerie haze lingering in the air.

There is also a 40 per cent chance of some very welcomed rain, according to Weatherzone, although no more than five millimetres is expected to fall.

However, there could be some rain in the coming days, with Thursday and Friday both expected to receive downpours.

AMBULANCE AND SES

There were no incidents to report from our ambulance paramedics or SES volunteers from overnight.

TRAINS

All Ballarat trains are running time this morning, although Bendigo trains have been cancelled due to fire damaging the track.

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ON THE AGENDA

We will speak with April, the 16-year-old girl who was hit by a car on her first day of year 10 this year, as she recovers in hospital.

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