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Traveller safety

Make sure you go through this checklist when planning a trip to or through bushfire-prone areas.

Checklist before you travel

  • Check forecast weather conditions
  • Check Fire Danger Ratings for your route and your destination
  • Check for any current fire activity in areas you will be visiting - check
  • Check the latest conditions and park closures
  • Review your plans - identify the safest route and possible bushfire refuges
  • Be prepared to change your plans on days of Severe, Extreme or Code Red (catastrophic) Fire Danger Ratings
  • Tell someone where you are going and when
  • Take a portable AM/FM radio and mobile phone
  • Check woollen blankets and drinking water are in the car
  • Check for fire restrictions and Total Fire Bans

While you are away

  • Check for any current fire activity by listening to an emergency services broadcaster
  • Do not expect an official bushfire warning
  • Stay alert for bushfire smoke or flames
  • Do not let your actions result in a bushfire - extinguish cigarettes and campfires completely

If there is a bushfire 

Protect yourself from heat and flames

  • Stay calm - do not panic
  • If your are unsure if it is a bushfire, call the Victorian Bushfire Information line 1800 240 667
  • Listen to an emergency services broadcaster for updates
  • Report new fires by calling 000
  • Late evacuation can be deadly

If you get caught in a fire

In the car:

  • If you can, U-turn to safety and leave the area
  • Do not get out and run - stay in the vehicle
  • Park in a large clear area, away from trees and long grass
  • Turn on headlights and hazards lights
  • Close windows and vents. Get below window level
  • Cover exposed skin with a dry woollen blanket
  • Wear dry, natural fibre clothing
  • When the fire has passed, get out of the car


  • See refuge behind a rocky outcrop or high wall, in cave, gully or large animal burrow, in a large clear area away from trees and grass or in large dam or lake
  • Avoid slopes and hill tops - avoid being above a fire
  • Do not seek refuge in above ground tanks or above ground pools
  • Cover exposed skin with dry natural fibre clothing

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