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Fire Breaks Out In Victoria, As VicEmergency App Plays Up

As Victoria's first total fire ban of the season has been issued and fire has broken out in the Swan Hill area, users of Victoria's new emergency phone app have complained that the app is experiencing technical issues.

Earlier today the first total fire ban of the season was issued for the Mallee region and an 100-acre bush fire poses threat in the Swan Hill area. 

Last Wednesday, Vic Emergency relaunched a new and upgraded service ahead of what is expected to be a dangerous fire season. 

The new VicEmergency app which 'provides Victorians with access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety safety and will work alongside the new VicEmergency hotline and upgraded VicEmergency website this summer.'

Although the app was expected to be reliable and accurate, users have complained that the app has a glitch. A local radio station was alerted that incorrect notifications were sent out on Sunday night, suggesting a total fire ban for the whole state.

Reports say Fire Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley admits there'd been a mistake, which he'll cop on the chin and that the "inappropriate" glitch has since been fixed. 

Find out more about the app HERE

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