Danger heating up in our region
Total Fire Ban, and Heat Health Alerts today
WANGARATTA and district residents can expect to swelter through one of our hottest summer days in years.
While yesterday’s temperature nudged 40 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a top of 44 degrees in the city today, with Heat Health Alerts issued for across the North East.
The CFA has also declared today a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.
No fires can be lit in the open air anytime today or tonight.
The CFA is advising people living in areas at risk of fire to activate their bush fire plan.
All emergency services are urging the public to take extra care when swimming and camping, as campers and locals head to the waterways to escape soaring temperatures.
Heat Health Alerts have been issued for the North East today, with temperatures expected to reach the low to mid 40s.
“VICSES volunteers respond to high numbers of injuries and fatalities over the summer period as a result of drownings, and fall- ing trees or branches on campgrounds,” Victoria State Emergency Service regional agency commander, Brendan Corboy, said yesterday.
“Before setting up tents or caravans, it’s critical that campers complete a thorough check of trees in the area, and never park or camp underneath overhanging branches.
“There are often no warning signs before a branch falls.
“Don’t risk it – even a small branch can kill.”
Life Saving Victoria’s annual drowning report tells of the highest summer drowning toll in 20 years, with 40 people drowning in Victoria in the 2017-2018 finan- cial year, and a quarter of these relating to alcohol or illicit drugs.
“Unlike a dip at the local pool, swimming in our magnificent waterways is an uncontrolled environment – there are no lifeguards and when things go wrong, your mates can’t see you under the surface,” warned Victoria Police Hume regional emergency management, Inspector Pauline Williams.
Holiday-makers and locals venturing out to waterways and campgrounds are reminded to act responsibly, stay tuned to emergency information and warnings, and look out for each other around waterways and campgrounds.
KEEPING THEIR COOL: Brothers Brock (left) and Jamison Matthews found the Ovens River at Wangaratta’s Frank Garth Reserve the perfect spot to beat the heat, and have some fun with the remote controlled speed boat they got for Christmas this week. All swimmers are urged to be cautious around the water.