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 Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI), 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 important that everyone abides by the fire restrictions during this time.
It is 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 important that you discuss with other people who live in your home and prepare a written bushfire plan together. 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 and what you need to do
- Attend Fire Ready Victoria community meetings
- Stay up to date with fuel reduction burns
- Leave or stay
- Contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line regarding concerns
- Listen to local weather forecasts and reports
- Seek assistance after a bushfire