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Saturday 26th, July A minor W'ly swell may increase wave heights to 1-2ft during the day, but no great waves are expected. Sunday 27th, July Waves of around 1-2ft max (probably smaller) with winds likely to be SW or S'ly. Monday 28th, July Inconsistent SW groundswell in the 1.5-2ft+ range. Fresh S/SE winds. Tuesday 29th, July Waves up to 2ft, but of very average quality. Probably smaller into the a'noon. Easing SE winds. Swellnet

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Weekend Fires Reminder of Summer Dangers to Come

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Sunday 18 November 2007

More than 20 small fires began across the state yesterday and were a timely reminder of the major fire risk that Victoria faces this year, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has warned.

Lightning strikes sparked numerous fires but all were kept small, thanks to the quick actions of firefighters on the ground. None of the fires have so far threatened communities.

DSE State Duty Officer Mark Woodman said today that the outbreaks provided an indication of just how tinder dry the state's parks and forests are.

"Even though conditions were relatively mild in Gippsland yesterday, and Gippsland has had recent heavy rainfall, we have had multiple outbreaks of small fires across that region," Mr Woodman said.

"This emphasises the sorts of challenging conditions we are facing this summer, with the impacts of eleven years of drought to confront and the absolute absence of any moisture in the ground," Mr Woodman said.

He said that there are 244 people, 86 slip on units, 9 fire tankers, 10 bulldozers and 17 aircraft currently dedicated to the fires. More resources are expected to be added throughout the day as more lightning strikes occur.

There are currently 10 going fires, in the Bendigo, Mildura, Erica, Orbost, Cann River and Bendoc Fire Districts, with more being reported.

The largest is a four hectare fire in the Mildura District, 53 kilometres north northeast of Murrayville.

"With summer just days away it is critical that all Victorians prepare for the threat of bushfire," Mr Woodman said.

Forecast conditions for high temperatures and more unstable weather are expected to continue into Monday and Tuesday.

For information on fires in your area, please call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on (free call)

Source: Department of Sustainability and Environment Media Release

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