Hot week ahead prompts CFA fire warning

A large bushfire in Victoria's south-west and is expected to be brought under control today, while another on the north-east border burns out of control.

And with lightening expected in parts of the state on Sunday and high temperatures forecast for this week, the public has been warned to be wary of fire risks.

“We're asking campers to be very careful with campfires,” a CFA spokesman said.

“Tuesday is the next day we're most concerned about. There will be some severe fire dangers in the state's north and north-east.”

On Sunday, areas in Victoria's north are tipped to be above 40, while southern and central districts will be mostly in the high 20s.

Authorities responded to 95 bushfires across the state on Saturday, 49 of which had been declared safe by midday on Sunday.

A large bushfire at Kentbruck, near Portland in the state's south-west, is being controlled by the Country Fire Authority.

Seven water-bombing aircraft and six helicopters have battled the blaze, which had burned through 2763 hectares by 9am on Sunday morning.

With much of the fire occurring in swampy areas, a CFA spokesman said normal fire trucks had been less effective than usual. He said they were having more luck battling the fire from above and with more mobile utes with water-spraying tanks attached.

Thick smoke is surrounding neighbouring communities, with smoke from the fire sighted about 100km away in Hamilton.

The Portland Nelson Road has re-opened but drivers have been asked to reduce speeds in areas where visibility is poor along the Winnap Nelson Road and the Princes Highway, between Greenwald and the South Australian border.

Meanwhile, Victorian and New South Wales firefighters are also battling an out-of-control bushfire on the north-east border at Ournie. The fire has already burned through 300 hectares, with smoke affecting communities on both sides of the border. No homes are under threat, but residents have been asked to monitor conditions and check their bushfire survival plans.

The story Hot week ahead prompts CFA fire warning first appeared on The Age.

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