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Message for participants re Code Red fire danger

Today has been declared a Code Red Day in the Mallee and Northern Country Districts, and a Total Fire Ban has been declared across the State.

Emergency Management Victoria advises that if a fire starts in the conditions predicted today it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving.

There is a high likelihood that people in the path of a fire will be killed or seriously injured in these conditions, according to EMV.

Greyhound racing participants in the Mallee and Northern Country Districts should enact their emergency management plan and keep abreast of all fire-related information affecting their areas.

A Code Red Day means that all public parks will be closed, some community services will be unavailable and some local council facilities will be closed.

For further information check with your local council.

In the event that you need to evacuate your property and your greyhounds contact your local club for assistance and advice.

Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club has opened its kennels for participants impacted by fire. Participants will need to contact Jamie Louden Track Manager at BGRC on 0407 984 815 to arrange kennelling.

Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club has opened its kennels for greyhounds needing to be relocated.

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club has 16 trial kennels and yards available for participants impacted by fire. Anyone needing kennelling for dogs due to being fire-affected please call David Hoey on 0450 885 587.

Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club has opened its air-conditioned kennels for participants affected by fire. Contact either the Club on 5823 5577 or Carl McGrath on 0439 844 578.

Further information is available at:

Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial radio, designated emergency broadcasters or Sky News

Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667

Check out CFA’s Twitter (@CFA_Updates) and Facebook (cfavic) accounts

Fire Danger Ratings are published on the VicEmergency, CFA and Bureau of Meteorology websites.

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