PEOPLE are encouraged to stay safe and remain aware of conditions as the weather heats up across Gippsland.
Forest Fire Management Victoria assistant chief fire officer Gippsland Bethany Roberts said a state wide Total Fire Ban was in place today, with Gippsland experiencing a Very High fire danger rating.
“Summer is not just about the risk of fire, it also includes storms, heat health, water safety and road safety – particularly when people travel over the summer holiday period,” he said.
“All campfires are banned during Total Fire Ban days. Solid and liquid fuel barbecues and ovens (including Hangis) are also banned during Total Fire Ban days.
“Approximately 10 per cent of fires are started by campfire escapes, there are on-the-spot fines for people who do not comply with campfire rules.
“Gippsland is set to experience high temperatures throughout this week with extreme heat killing more Australians than any natural disaster.
“Drink plenty of water and look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
“Wildlife can be affected by hot weather and may behave differently. There are several things members of the community can do to help wildlife survive the heat.
“Assist wildlife by placing bowls of water out around your garden and by using the garden hose to spray mist into trees and shrubs to create cooler niches that they can use to hydrate and escape the heat.
“If you come across wildlife that appear lethargic, non-responsive or sick, contact a wildlife rehabilitation organisation, vet or Wildlife Shelter or Foster Carer for further assistance.”
More information on the Total Fire Ban, fire danger ratings and Heat Heath Alerts is available at emergency.vic.gov.au.
Information on how to assist wildlife experiencing heat stress is available at www.wildlife.vic.gov.au.