Vic­to­ri­ans told to flee homes

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

EX­TREME heat and high winds will cre­ate a day of cat­a­strophic fire dan­ger to­day, with res­i­dents in north­ern and western Vic­to­ria told to flee their homes.

Fire crews are brac­ing for some of the most chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in a decade with a code red day de­clared for the Mallee and North­ern Coun­try fire dis­tricts. It’s the first time since 2010 au­thor­i­ties have en­acted a code red, and fire­fight­ers warn they will not be able to con­trol bush­fires once they take hold in those ar­eas.

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