Saturday 6 January has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban across Victoria.
No fires can be lit or maintained in the open air from 12:01am until 11:59pm on 6 January.
With temperatures set to soar into the low forties, local firefighters will be on high alert.
Forest Fire Management Victoria is urging people to check conditions before entering park and forest, to stop and rest in the shade, drink water and head back immediately if someone become unwell.
Crime Stoppers Victoria has issued an urgent warning to anyone considering contravening the fire restrictions.
“A fire lit during a Total Fire Ban has potentially disastrous consequences, threatening homes, pets, stock, families, and loved ones,” Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes said.
“Total Fire Ban laws exist to keep Victorians safe. People that choose to ignore them are putting our communities at risk, so we urge anyone with information about illegal or reckless fire activity to please report it to Crime Stoppers."
Parents are being warned not to leave their children in cars this summer as new data shows Ambulance Victoria responded to 1,696 callouts across Victoria in the year to August, with the vast majority being cases involving toddlers and babies.
"Don't let a moment of complacency or frustration put your loved ones at risk – always take them with you," Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said.
For more information, visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au
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