Video: Travellers warned to check for fires

SOUTH-WEST residents travelling across the state for the long weekend have been warned to check for fires before leaving home.

As temperatures across the region pass 30 degrees today, many south-west residents will look forward to the cool change arriving. 

However, hot weather continues in the rest of the state into the weekend and the CFA has warned travellers to be wary of dangerous fire activity. 

This morning Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley released a video advising Victorians travelling to be conscious of known fires.

"Think about where you are, think about the environment, think about a fire that's unpredicatable, intense, and what it can do to you, so you need to have a plan and you need to think about what you're doing," he said. 

"Think about the Australia Day long weekend - everybody wants to travel and have a good time. 

"We've still got fires in some areas, so be conscious of that, think about it and plan for it.

"The next two days will obviously be very warm across Victoria.

"It's interesting to see temperatures in Melbourne are expected to be 29, 30 degrees at midnight so we're in for a hot night.

"Coupled with that, the wind change will be delayed and happen at night.

"It's something we need to think about for the rest of the summer. It's not just an afternoon of fire, it's not an early evening about fire, it's what it can do in the abnormal times that people don't think about fire."

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