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Bushfire management

Bushfire management

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.

Prepare

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.

Respond

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.

Recover

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.

Ecology

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.

Stay safe

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. 

Parks Victoria Ranger Kelton Goyne with Acacia linearifolia Click to view the news RSS feed.

New Wattle Species for Victoria

29 Aug 2014

A species of wattle not previously found in Victoria has been discovered in the north east, in Mount Lawson State Park near the New South Wales border. Acacia linearifolia is a wattle with very narrow, long and straightphyllodes or leaves. Local Parks Victoria Ranger Kelton Goyne discovered about six trees…

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Please note there is no Hanami Day event this year

20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

There will be no Hanami Day event this year, but visitors are encouraged to enjoy the gardens anytime during the cherry blossom flowering season that usually occurs across 2-3 weeks in September. Good places to enjoy the flowers include: George Tindale Memorial Gardens, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and the National…

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Kooyoora Wildflower Show

20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

Local wildflower display, bus tours, presentations, photographic competition, plant and local products sales, activities and more. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be available. Location: Inglewood Eucy Museum 20 Grant Street North, Inglewood

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Westerfolds parkrun

20 Sep 2014 8:00am-9:00am

parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.

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Glen Nayook Working Bee

21 Sep 2014 9:00am-11:00am

General maintenance of the reserve. Morning tea provided. Working bees are held on Sundays at Glen Nayook Reserve at the end of Paynter Road, Neerim Junction. GPS location S 327 55 623 - E 145 56 632.