ONGOING dry conditions are expected to see the fire season extended until May 15 as firefighters prepare for another two days of danger this week.
The expected extension applies to all areas within District 15 and includes Golden Plains, City of Ballarat, Hepburn and Moorabool shires. It comes on the back of the Barwon region which has chosen to extend the fire danger period for its part of Golden Plains.
Properties at Mount Clear were in danger on Tuesday when a grass and scrub fire got out of control just before noon.
Also it was only two weeks ago when homes and properties were destroyed within the City of Ballarat and Golden Plains as fires ravaged near Bunkers Hill and Meredith.
It comes as the CFA has postponed its ongoing burn off operations around the region until at least Thursday with conditions including north-easterly wins up to 35km/h expected across the region.
District 15 duty officer Gavin Hope said while temperatures were only expected to climb into the mid 20s, the CFA had chosen to act with caution.
"It's a bit like what we saw with the Haddon fire, while it's not going to be overly hot, everything is so dry and if we get a bit of wind, things will burn very easily," he said.
"Hopefully we should be right after these next couple of days, apparently there's meant to be up to 10mm coming on Sunday.
"This postponement is purely precautionary."
The CFA conducted two major burns in the last week around Ballarat including a 72 hectare burn at the Canadian Forest and an 87 hectare burn in the Creswick Forest.
Both of those burns, while out, remain under controlled conditions to avoid any further flare ups at the boundary.
The CFA has also burned off major areas near Blackwood and Trentham in the past week.
Further burns are planned within the next 10 days at Barkstead, Raglan, near Beaufort, Blakeville and Enfield.
A major burn of 1202 hectare is also expected in North Blackwood, while 223 hectare is planned near Scarsdale also within the next 10 days.
Mr Hope said the lack of rain was expected to see the extension of the fire season, with final approvals being sought this week.
"We've had huge rainfall deficits, not getting anywhere near our average. In fact, right now we're sitting on about one 10th of the usual this month.
"If we hadn't have had that rain in December which gave us a few weeks grace, it would have been diabolical."
Mt Hope said the burn off season was getting shorter each year, adding that spring had become a difficult time in recent years as temperatures tended to rise quicker while winds could also be a problem during that time of the year.
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