A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for today in the south-west and the Wimmera districts.
CFA state duty officer Tony O’Day said the total fire ban had been declared because of the possibility of winds up to 100 kilometres an hour.
Today’s top temperature in the south-west is expected to reach about 30 degrees.
Mr O’Day said conditions in the south-west and the Wimmera were very dry due to the lack of rain and “we are asking people to remain vigilant about the fire risk”.
“We are expecting a cool change to come across the state on Thursday which should ease the fire threat,” he said.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dixon said freshening northerly winds up to 40km/h were forecast in the south-west for most of today before picking up significantly overnight and into Thursday morning as a cold front arrived.