Mild conditions but summer is not over

12 February 2019

12 February 2019

Mild conditions across Victoria this week is assisting firefighters to gain the upper hand on three main fires at Thomson Jordan Divide Road, Timbarra and Walhalla however the fires are expected to burn for some time. 

So far this summer firefighters have responded to more than 2200 grass and bushfires, that’s around 400 more than the same time last year.

Aircraft have been key in keeping small fires small, and as a result, have been dispatched 93 times in December and January.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said although Victoria was experiencing cooler conditions, it was important for Victorians not to be complacent about fire.

“While it is cooler this week summer is not over. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting warmer and drier conditions for the next few months so we still have a fire season ahead of us,” he said.

“Victorians can take advantage of this time to reset and consider any clean up works required around their homes and properties.

“It’s important to prepare your property, but you also need to prepare yourself. Know how to stay informed and never rely on one source for emergency information.”

Summer in Victoria is not just about fire, it is about floods, storms, heat and water safety. 

Since 1 December, lifeguards have performed around 400 rescues and on 2,200 occasions, have administered first aid.

Tragically, there has been 23 drowning deaths since the start of summer. 

“If you’re planning to swim at one of Victoria’s beautiful beaches, rivers or inland waterways, it’s so important to play it safe. All waterways can mask hidden dangers, so be aware and prepare before entering the water,” Mr Crisp said. 

“Swim at patrolled beaches between the flags, ask a local who knows the conditions such as a lifeguard or park ranger and always swim with a friend.”