Ballarat breakfast report: February 16

WEATHER

Luckily the rain held off for the NAB Challenge game at Eureka Stadium yesterday afternoon.

However, we won't be so lucky today. We can expect a top of 23 degrees with patchy showers throughout the day. 

You can expect this sort of weather to stick around through most of the most of the week with tomorrow to reach a top of 26 degrees and showers coming through mid-week. 

POLICE

Ballarat Police are investigating a suspicious grass fire near Lucas. Apart from this it was a quiet night for local police. 

However, elsewhere in the state, police are investigating a double fatality just north of Melbourne at Steels Creek. 

It is believed a truck crossed onto the wrong side of the ride and collided with a four-wheel-drive. 

Two passengers in the four wheel drive died at the scene. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

FIRE

It was a busy night for fire crews with around nine call outs. 

Senior station officer Shane Phillips said most of the call outs were for power pole fires. 

Mr Phillips said this were quite common after periods with little rain. 

"The dust builds up on them and them when it does rain they (the power poles) spark and arc up," he said. 

TRAINS

Good services are being reported across all V/Line services. 

ON THE AGENDA

This morning we are down at Lake Wendouree for the Ballarat Cycle Classic. Stay tuned to www.thecourier.com.au throughout the day for updates and pictures. 

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