If you're travelling around Victoria in summer, there are a few things you need to do before you leave and while you are away.
Before you leave:
Download the VicEmergency App, bookmark the Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au and save the The VicEmergency Hotline number - 1800 226 226 - into your mobile phone
Make sure your mobile phone has a fully charged battery
Check the Fire Danger Rating for your destination on the Emergency website emergency.vic.gov.au as you may not have phone reception across regional Victoria
What are Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans?
Fire Danger Ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if it started. A Total Fire Ban sets legal restrictions on activities that may start a fire, including restrictions on barbecues and campfires. On a Total Fire Ban day, campfires are not allowed, only gas and electric barbecues are allowed if you follow the regulations.
Check if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the area you are visiting. Be aware of grassfires when you’re travelling. Grassfire can move at speeds of up to 25 km/h and jump highways.
For more information about Total Fire Bans, visit the CFA website cfa.vic.gov.au
On Severe or Extreme Fire Danger Rating days, it's safer to travel to cities and towns.
Never travel into a high-risk bushfire area where a Code Red Fire Danger Rating has been forecast.
While You're Away
Listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you're on the road. The Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au has a full list of emergency broadcast stations.
Stay informed by visiting the VicEmergency website emergency.vic.gov.au checking the VicEmergency App, calling the The VicEmergency Hotline number on 1800 226 226, following CFA on Twitter or Facebook, talking to locals, visiting an accredited Visitor Information Centre or by listening to an emergency broadcast.
Hiking & Camping
The warmer months are the perfect time to experience regional Victoria. However, Victoria is fire-prone. If you are hiking or camping between November to April in an area that is heavily forested, has thick bush or long, dry grass, or coastal areas with lots of plant life – you are at risk of fire. Follow these bushfire safety tips to ensure that your experience is safe and enjoyable.
General safety tips for hikers and campers, and park and forest closure information, are available on the Parks Victoria website.
Burning Off on Public Land
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and partner agencies conduct planned burns on public land. This aims to protect communities and infrastructure from the risk of bushfire, and can also benefit local ecology.
Controlled burns are mostly in autumn, when the weather and fuel conditions are best for this work. Burns may also take place in spring.
Smoke from planned burns is often noticeable and can cause anxiety. If you are concerned about smoke or fire on public land, please call the The VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website to confirm the locations of planned burns.