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Bushfire safety


Where can I get information during a fire?

  • Listen to your local emergency broadcaster for fire updates. Have a battery powered radio in case power fails
  • For online information about current fires always refer directly to www.cfa.vic.gov.au
  • For specific queries call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667 (free call) or TTY 1800 122 969. Please note, the Victorian Bushfire Information Line will have the same information about a fire as the website

What if I am travelling through, or visiting, bushfire risk areas?

  • Avoid bushfire situations, where possible. If in doubt, U-turn to safety. Fire safety information is available about travelling through, or visiting, areas that may be affected by bushfires.
  • If it is a hot, dry, windy day, or it is a Total Fire Ban, plan your trip carefully. Avoid high bushfire risk areas at these times, especially if walking.
  • If you see a bushfire when driving or bushwalking, turn around and go back, if possible.
  • Report a new fire by telephoning Triple Zero (000) to contact the emergency services.
  • Exercise caution when driving, due to possible smoke and other hazards such as fire vehicles on roads - even if even some distance away from a fire.
  • Always follow the guidelines for campfire safety - don't accidentally start a bushfire.
  • Hiking and camping in parks and forests - bushfire safety tips

Where can I get further information?

  • Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 (free call) If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment you can contact VBIL through National Relay Service.
  • CFA's website - detailed bushfire safety information
  • EPA's Bushfires and Air Quality - assessing and monitoring air quality, self-assessment and how to protect yourself
  • DHS Better Health - search the website for Bushfire safety to access information from bushfire smoke and potential hazards after a bushfire, to bushfires and water tanks and air pollution.