Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 21:52 AEDT

Firefighters predict another tough day

Authorities are predicting a fire burning in the Big Desert in north-western Victoria could get worse tomorrow.

The blaze has now burned 120,000 hectares, making it the biggest in the state in 20 years.

Mike Leonard, from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, says fire crews will combat the blaze throughout the night and says land owners should take the neccessary precautions.

"The wind is forecast to come around to the north, which will push the fire into parts of the park which haven't been burnt yet, then later in the day the winds are predicted to come around to the south-west, which will push the fire to the east," he said.