Fire affected parks
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Parks affected by bushfire or planned burns
Any closures to tracks or other changed conditions resulting from bushfires or planned burning will be noted on the individual park pages under "Change to Conditions"
Buchan Caves Reserve is closed due to nearby fire activity. The reserve will re-open to day visitors only, including cave tours, from Tuesday 26 September 2017. Visitors are advised to contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 in the morning prior to arrival to ensure cave tours will be operating as circumstances could change.
All walking tracks and overnight camping and accommodation remain closed until further notice.
The Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve day visitor area, Palms Track and Marlo-Cabbage Tree Road are closed due to nearby fire activity.
The following roads are closed due to nearby fire activity: Cabbage Tree-Conran Road and Old Coast Road. Access to Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran boat ramp and East Cape Day Visitor Area is available from Marlo on Marlo-Conran Road.
Planned burning is carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria to help reduce bushfire risk to communities, property and the environment. Bushfire fuel management includes planned burning and other activities, like slashing, mowing and creating fuel breaks.
Ignition of burns is weather dependent and plans can change at short notice; visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria website to view a map of burns scheduled in parks and forests for the next 10 days. You can also sign up to receive automated SMS and email notifications about planned burns when they are close to being carried out via the Planned Burning Notification System (PBNS).
Stay informed during bushfires
- Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.
- Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can call via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
- For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone the VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
- Download the VicEmergency App.
- Road closures: check VicRoads website.
- Check weather conditions and your fire risk before leaving home as you may not have mobile phone reception across regional Victoria.
- Check which parks and picnic areas are regularly closed when the forecast Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.
After the fire
When an area has been affected by fires, the reasons for closure may include:
- hazardous trees, limbs and fallen timber
- damaged tracks, bridges, signs, recreation sites and other facilities
- unstable soils and/or stream crossings
- presence of hazardous materials or substances.
Once recreation sites and tracks have been accessed, risks removed and necessary facilities rebuilt, they are reopened to the public.
The Change of Conditions section on individual park pages is regularly updated to reflect the most current conditions. Please check individual park pages for closure information.
Page last updated: 25 Sep 2017 4.57 pm