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Australia Victorian authorities announce first Code Red fire alert in 10 years

08:45  20 november  2019
08:45  20 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Victoria is bracing for one of its hottest November days on record tomorrow with parts of the state put on a code red alert as bushfire danger is pegged to be the worst it's been in 10 years.

People living in parts of Victoria's north and north-west have been urged by authorities to leave their homes as soon as possible.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp declared a Code Red – the state's highest bushfire warning level - for the Mallee and Northern Country regions this afternoon.

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"A Code Red means if we see fires in those areas, they will be fast moving, unpredictable, and uncontrollable," Commissioner Crisp said.

"Houses in those areas are not built or designed to withstand those conditions. The very, very clear message is: if you do not need to be in your home, you should not be. You should look at getting out tonight or early tomorrow.

"The fire risk is real, and it's real very, very early tomorrow."

It is the first time a Code Red has been declared in Victoria since 2010. A total fire ban across the state has also been declared.

a close up of a plane: An aerial bomber dropping fire retardant over a blaze. © 9News An aerial bomber dropping fire retardant over a blaze.

The decision comes in response to predictions of soaring temperatures and strong winds.

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Temperatures in much of the north-west of the state are expected to top 40 degrees tomorrow.

About 8am, strong winds are expected to sweep across the west of the state, bringing gusts of up to 90km/h.

"Do not be there. If a fire occurs, you will not survive," CFA's chief officer Steve Warrington said today.

Victoria is bracing for its worst fire conditions in 10 years. © 9News Victoria is bracing for its worst fire conditions in 10 years.

"If you live in those areas and a fire occurs, a fire will take your home. You need to make sure you are not there. Code Red says to us that we cannot control a fire if it starts. Move out tonight."

Melbourne is getting ready for a burst of summer with the temperature set to nudge 40C in the city.

The temperature is set to peak at 39C but if it reaches 40C, it will break the all-time November record for Melbourne

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