Bushfires are a natural occurrence and it is impossible to totally avoid them; however, as a community, everyone can do their bit to be prepared should a bushfire occur.
Fire awareness and preparedness in the home, agriculture, business, industry and places of recreation, is encouraged by the Country Fire Authority (CFA), Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), local councils and other government agencies.
While the last major bushfire in Baw Baw Shire occurred on Black Saturday in 2009, the potential for similar fires is high every year. The risk of bushfire is particularly high during the warmer months, and it is very important that everyone abides by the fire restrictions during this time.
It is extremely important that you take steps to ensure that you, your family and property are prepared for a bushfire.
The safest thing you can do on days of high fire risk is to leave early. In making this decision it is very important that you discuss it with other people who live in your house, prepare a bushfire plan together and write it down. Remember, travelling on the road through a bushfire is extremely dangerous.
There are a number of factors we recommend you consider when preparing for the bushfire season.
- Listen to advice and updates
- Beware of bushfire prone areas
- Develop a bushfire plan for your home, farms, property and livestock
- Find out what the fire danger period is for your area
- Learn about fire prevention – what you need to do
- Attend Fire Ready Victoria community meetings
- Stay up to date with fuel reduction burns
- Leave or stay? Your decision but be informed
- Contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line for concerns
- Listen to local weather forecasts and reports
- Seek assistance after a bushfire