Statewide fire ban declared

A TOTAL fire ban has been declared today for the whole state.

TFS chief officer Mike Brown said the ban was in response to hot, windy and dry conditions forecast for the day.

"The vegetation in most of the state has dried out and forecast conditions will cause any fires to develop quickly making control very difficult," he said.

Mr Brown encouraged those who live in or near the bush to monitor conditions in their area and review their bushfire survival plans.

The use of cutting, welding and other equipment that may cause a fire to start is included in the ban.

•MOTORISTS are urged to take care on the roads.

High temperatures have caused bitumen to soften, creating dangerous road surfaces.

The roads particularly affected are Constitution Hill, Spring Hill and the Lovely Banks area on the Midland Highway, Cherry Tree Hill on the Tasman Highway, and Lawitta on the Lyell Highway.

The Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources will continue to monitor roads across the state.