Bushwalkers, campers, riders and hikers; be careful this weekend.
With the mercury rising through to Saturday, those planning on spending the weekend in national parks, reserves and state forests are being urged to stay safe.
Forest Fire Management Victoria chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi urged people to be responsible and check local conditions before entering parks and forests.
Fire danger ratings are forecast to reach extreme levels in some parts of the state and severe and very high in others, meaning any fires started would be harder to control.
A Total Fire Ban has been declared across Victoria on Saturday.
‘‘It is essential people stay informed as weather conditions and fire danger can change quickly,’’ Ms Rotarangi said.
‘‘Walking or riding in high temperatures can lead to heat stress.’’
Parks Victoria Fire and Emergency director David Nugent said some parks would close on days of extreme fire danger and that it was ‘‘vital for people to know what they can and can’t around do campfires and barbecues.’’
Check the Parks Victoria website at parks.vic.gov.au for details of any park closures, and always call Triple Zero in an emergency.