THE south-west largely escaped the threat of fire over the weekend despite the temperature hitting 39 in Warrnambool on Saturday.
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Warrnambool CFA operations officer Henry Barton said the weather conditions in the region were the most extreme within the state.

He said four brigades responded quickly to a grass and scrub fire south of Nullawarre near Mathiesons Road on Saturday afternoon.

“Because there were firefighters on standby we were able to get to it quickly,” he said.

“It was a good save by the local brigades.”

Total fire bans were declared in the south-west both yesterday and on Saturday.

Barwon south-west regional controller Alistair Drayton said there had not been any fires of significance in the south-west over the weekend.

“We’re very fortunate, we have had very trying conditions,” he said.

“There is still an enormous risk in the landscape, the grass is still very dry.

“The close of summer doesn’t mean the end of the potential risk.”

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