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Police received report of 'rubbish fire' in backyard

A 43-year old Swan Hill man reportedly didn't get the message about the total fire ban yesterday as police and the CFA were called out to reports of a 'bonfire' at around 10:00am last night.

The man is expected to be charged with lighting a fire during a total fire ban period.

Over the past week, the CFA and police have attended five separate fires in the Swan Hill region.

Senior Constable Tania Peters says that most of the incidents are still under investigation to determine if an offence was committed, but that in this case, it was a rubbish fire.

All emergency services in the area have been coordinating during and even prior to the fire danger period, with meetings already being held between police, Parks Victoria, DELWP and CFA.

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"We've already had meetings to work out strategies going into the season and how we might be able to work together to conduct patrols in high-risk areas. So that we can help reduce the risk of the fires occurring but also to educate the community." says Senior Constable Peters.

"Given the fire conditions and weather conditions we have at the moment, we're urging everyone to be vigilant and report fires immediately to triple-zero and even report suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

The maximum penalty for lighting a fire during a Total Fire Ban is $34,646 or 2 years in jail.

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