Ballarat breakfast report: May 18

WEATHER

Ballarat can expect a top of 18 degrees on Sunday, but the sunshine we've enjoyed lately looks to be gone with cloud cover expected throughout the day and showers coming next week.

Northerly winds of between 20 and 30km/h are also expected on Sunday.

POLICE

Nothing of interest to report.

FIRE

Fire crews attended a burn-off that had gone out of control near the corner of Palmerstone Street and Lumeah Road in Buninyong on Saturday night.

Ballarat senior station officer Neville Collins said residents should remember the rules about burn-offs even after the fire danger period had passed.

You may only stage a burn-off if your property is more than 2000 sq m, and it's not a hindrance to neighbours – unless you have been issued a specific permit.

When burning off, leave an area at least 1.5m from the operation clear of flammable material and wetted-down thoroughly to prevent the spread of flames.

A person with the appropriate methods to extinguish the fire should be in attendance at all times during the burn off and should extinguish the fire completely before leaving.

Ballarat also sent a breathing apparatus support van to Ararat on Saturday night to assist crews at a structure fire at Maroona.

AMBULANCE

Ambulance crews were also called to the structure fire at Maroona on Saturday night, but had no incidents in Ballarat to report.

ON THE AGENDA

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is being held on Sunday morning at Victoria Park. Check thecourier.com.au through the day for photos of all the dog lovers – and their pets – who took part.

Derryn Hinch is due to arrive in Ballarat on Sunday afternoon as part of his Jail 2 Justice walk. We will be going to join the walk as it comes into Ballarat west down Sturt Street about 4.30pm.

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