Bushfire Safety Advice for Travellers

The warmer months are the perfect time to discover Victoria. However you need to be aware of the dangers if you are travelling in a high risk area.

The warmer months are the perfect time to discover Victoria.
However you need to be aware of the dangers if you are travelling in a high risk area.

High risk bush-fire areas are typically heavily forested, have thick bush or long dry grass or are coastal areas with lots of plant life.

Fire restrictions are currently in place in the Glenelg Shire

Total Fire Bans

A total fire ban sets legal restrictions on certain activities that may start a fire, including restrictions around barbecues and camp fires

On Days Total Fire Ban;

  • Campfires and open flame barbecues are not permitted. This includes the use of kettle/Weber style barbecues and camp ovens.
  • Solid fuel barbecues (e.g.wood,charcoal and briquettes) are not permitted
  • Liquid fuel barbecues or appliances are not permitted to be used in the open,or in a tent,annex or tent like trailer.
  • Gas and electric barbecues are permitted provided that;
  • The area three metres around the barbecue is cleared of flammable material
  • You have a hose connected to a water supply or vessel with at least ten litres of water.
  • An adult who has the capacity and means to extinguish the fire is present at all times.
  • The fire is completely extinguished before the adult leaves.

Fire Danger Ratings

The fire danger ratings predict how bad a fire would be if one started.

During warmer months, check the Fire Danger Rating for the area you are visiting every day so that you know when the local conditions are dangerous. The fire danger rating will feature in weather forecasts and be broadcast on radio.It can also be found at cfa.vic.gov.au on the FireReady smartphone app or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667

Code Red  

These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire. Holiday properties are not designed  or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions. The safest place to be is away from high risk bush fire areas. Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long dry grass. 

Extreme

Expect extremely hot,dry and windy conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. Reconsider plans to visit Parks and forests. The safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas.

Severe

Expect hot dry and possibly windy conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold, it may be uncontrollable. Well prepared holiday properties that are actively defended can provide safety. Be prepared to change your plans.

Very High

If a fire starts in these conditions it can most likely be controlled in these conditions. Check if any restrictions are in force . Be aware of how fires can start and minimise the risk. Plan your activities carefully on hot dry and windy days

 

 

 

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