As part of managing Victoria's parks and reserves, Parks Victoria supports the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) to prepare for, fight and recover from bushfires on public land.
We work year round to prepare parks and reserves to reduce the potential impact of fire through planned burning and other fuel reduction. The $21 million Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program is improving the fire preparedness of our urban and fringe parklands.
Around 70 percent of Parks Victoria staff are trained in specific fire fighting roles. Each summer, many rangers and office staff are deployed to fight fires in parks and forests across the state.
Many recent bushfires have burnt large sections of our national parks and forests. Parks Victoria works to rebuild and reopen bushfire affected areas and support the natural environment in its recovery.
Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment. With lightning and indigenous burning practices having shaped our ecosystems over tens of thousands of years, many of our plants are reliant on bushfire to regenerate and maintain their health. In line with this, Parks Victoria also uses planned ecological burning to support and develop biodiversity values in our parks.
It's always a great time to enjoy a visit to a park. Find out how you can stay safe when you visit during the bushfire season. Find out more...
Code Red Fire Danger
On days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger, Parks Victoria and the DSE will close parks and forests (including state forests and national parks) in the relevant weather district for public safety. Click here for a list of closures.
Total fire bans
The CFA website lists Total Fire Bans in place in Victoria as well as providing detailed information about what you can and can't do on a day of Total Fire Ban.
17 Jul 2014
Parks Victoria Ranger Shane Reger has been providing hands on working experience for TAFE and University students for nearly twelve years. Over that time he’s shown hundreds of young people how to put into practice what they’re learning in the classroom. This time the lucky group were three students doing…
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Timeline Photos#WorldRangerDay 31st July - show support for global rangers by joining our Thunderclap Join: http://bit.ly/1Aeq4toView post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12.39
Timeline PhotosPeople near Hattah in the Mallee may see smoke today as DEPI and @[121390137920954:274:Parks Victoria] undertake planned burning. Where we burn depends on the weather and plans can change at short notice so please stay informed via http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns/planned-burns-now-and-next-10-days or calling the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.View post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08.34
Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas...Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas - Park Rangers Coordinator, City of Melbourne, and our own Dr Bill Jackson - Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria, at tonight's Melbourne Conversations dedicated to rangers worldwide. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start at Federation Square, Deakin Edge, Melbourne. Entry is free and Brian Nankervis is MC. World Rangers Day – Celebrating Passion, Courage and Care - City of Melbournewww.thatsmelbourne.com.auMelbourne Conversations celebrates the diverse world of park rangers, at home and across the globe, with Thin Green Line Foundation's Sean Willmore.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16.35
Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning...Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning and have been monitoring it since. The Yarra River is tidal and it’s not uncommon to see a dolphin or a seal in both the Yarra or Maribyrnong Rivers. Rangers noticed the seal was fishing for food and seemed quite content and, as of midday, reported that the seal was heading towards the city and is likely to be heading back toward the bay. Now seal here: playful marine mammal journeys 14km from Port Phillip Bay to Yarra Riverwww.theage.com.auA seal has swum all the way along the Yarra River from Port Phillip Bay, playing and catching two big fish before ending up in South Yarra.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14.49
Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier w...Frankston Pier is now open following recent storm damage. The head of the pier was damaged by storms in late June and has now been repaired. The main promenade of the pier had remained open during the closure.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08.32