Total fire ban for Colac and district revoked

FIRE authorities have revoked a total fire ban in Colac and district today.

The Country Fire Authority had declared a total fire ban for south-west Victoria but withdrew the warning this morning after overnight storms.

A CFA representative said the authority revoked the total fire ban because of a “change in weather conditions”.

CFA state duty officer Craig Brownlie yesterday said dry grass and unstable weather conditions across south-west Victoria had led to a high fire danger.

“Despite recent rains in the north-east of the state, the grass fuels in the south-west remain high and very dry,” Mr Brownlie said.

“Tomorrow’s forecast is for unstable, windy weather – there is potential for grass fires in particular,” he said before the storm arrived yesterday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a top temperature of 28 degrees in Colac, with north to northwesterly winds across the south-west averaging 35 to 45 kilometres per hour.

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