A DIESEL shortage has hit Victoria prompting concerns the CFA could be hindered in the fight against fires over the summer months.
Shell's Geelong refinery, one of only two in Victoria, has had production problems since last Tuesday, reducing the state's diesel supply by 50 per cent.
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A CFA spokeswoman yesterday said it had enough diesel to fill its tanks and trucks over the weekend but was unable to say what would happen if the shortage continued.
"Plans are in place to manage fuel," the spokeswoman said.
Shell spokesman Paul Zennaro said it had had production issues at the Geelong refinery but that it had quarantined diesel supplies for emergency services.
He apologised for any inconveniences.
"These issues have caused significant disruptions to diesel availability at service stations," Mr Zennaro said.
"We are working to re-start production this weekend."
Rachel Obradovic, a spokeswoman for Energy and Resources Minister Michael O'Brien, said suppliers had been forced to source diesel from interstate and overseas.
"Industry is working hard to resolve these issues," Ms Obradovic said.
"Based on the latest industry advice, it is expected that supply levels will improve next week and will return to normal during the following week.
"If Shell's refinery commences diesel production again this weekend, as currently expected, then this should help improve the situation.
"At the moment, there are some local supply outages being experienced, of varying lengths of time."
She said the government was monitoring the situation closely and the flow-on effects for the public.
The Sunday Herald Sun contacted service stations in Fairfield and Prahran, with all saying they had no diesel.
BP has published a notice on its website in which it apologises for the inconvenience.
It has called on the public to phone 1300 1300 27 to find out exactly where diesel was still available.
Read more on the Herald Sun.