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Catastrophic Fire Danger Strikes Victoria’s Wimmera Region as Blazes Ignite in the West

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Catastrophic Fire Danger Strikes Victoria's Wimmera Region As Blazes Ignite In The West

A day of catastrophic fire danger looms over Victoria‘s Wimmera district as multiple blazes have erupted in the region’s west, including around the renowned Grampians National Park. Authorities are currently combatting these fires amidst gusting winds and scorching temperatures.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a catastrophic fire warning for the Wimmera district, with extreme fire danger forecasted for the Mallee, Northern Country, and Central districts, encompassing Melbourne. These dire conditions stem from soaring temperatures and strong winds creating a heightened risk of bushfires.

Today marks the first instance in four years where Victoria’s fire authorities have raised a “catastrophic” fire warning. As a result, several schools in the area have been shut down, and a total fire ban is in effect across a significant portion of the state.

Residents in towns like Minyip and Rainbow have varying responses to the heightened fire danger, with some expressing calmness due to local geographical features providing a sense of security. However, fire officials urge residents in high-risk areas to evacuate as a precautionary measure.

Farmers like Simon de Crespigny emphasize the importance of having a well-thought-out fire plan in place to cope with extreme fire conditions. He highlights the need for preparedness and vigilance to mitigate potential risks.

The day’s forecast includes maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s before a cooler change expected late Tuesday night. Melbourne, in particular, is expected to hit a peak of 37 degrees before the anticipated cooling shift.

Emergency warnings have been issued for fires in and near the Grampians National Park, with specific alerts for regions like Dadswells Bridge, Ledcourt, Bellfield, and Pomonal urging immediate action due to the unpredictable behavior of the fires.

Authorities and firefighters are on high alert, ready to respond to any escalating situations as Victoria faces its most severe bushfire risk in recent years. The community is advised to stay informed and prepared as they navigate this critical period of heightened fire danger.

Rachel Adams

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