Total fire ban for Victoria as state prepares for 40C temperatures

“A fire lit during a Total Fire Ban has potentially disastrous consequences, threatening homes, pets, stock, families, and loved ones,” she said.

A health warning has been issued by Victoria’s chief medical officer ahead of the heat spike.

This means there will be no races in the state on Saturday.

Victoria’s emergency services commissioner Craig Lapsley said grasslands in western and central Victoria were also at risk of fire.

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