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Total Fire Ban declared in Campaspe Shire

By Ivy Jensen

AS THE Echuca district heads towards a top of 41C today, people are being reminded today has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in Campaspe Shire.

This means no fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air until midnight.

A CFA spokesperson said hot winds and dry weather meant the fire danger would be "severe" in the Northern Country.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology data shows our hottest December day was recorded in 2005 at 44.6°C, with the hottest day this year being 46.9°C recorded on January 25.

The CFA is advising people living in areas at risk of fire to activate their bush fire plan.

Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said residents should take action to protect themselves from the heat and look after those most at risk.

"This includes your neighbours living alone, the elderly, the young, people with medical conditions and don't forget your pets," he said.

Council on the Ageing Victoria has also issued a red alert on the dangers of heat for older Victorians.

V/Line is taking extra precautions to help train services run smoothly, minimise delays and ensure passengers arrive at their destinations safely.

‘‘Heat speed restrictions are enforced on the regional network when the temperature hits 36 degrees and above due to the steel tracks expanding in the heat,’’ V/Line chief executive James Pinder said.

Passengers can download a copy of the extreme heat timetable for their line from the V/Line website at vline.com.au or ask for a copy from their nearest staffed station.

People are reminded to keep themselves, young children, elderly people and animals hydrated during the day.