As Victoria’s weather begins to warm and we edge closer to an earlier fire season, CFA’s message to those in high-risk bushfire areas is clear – prepare your property.
Victoria is one of the most bushfire-prone areas in the world, so it’s vital for everyone to plan ahead.
According to the latest Spring Seasonal Outlook , Victoria can expect a warmer spring, contributing to higher fire risk in parts of the state this season.
There are a number of simple tasks people can complete to reduce their risk this season, and now is the time to start taking action.
Take the following actions to prepare yourself and your property:
- Move your winter woodpile away from the house or sheds.
- Prune tree branches so they are not overhanging the roof or touching walls.
- Clear your gutters.
- Keep grass shorter than 10cm.
- Remove leaves and twigs from around your property.
- Test anything that is part of your fire plan such as sprinklers, pumps and generators.
- The quickest and easiest way to register your burn-off is by using the Fire Permits Victoria website at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au/notify , or call ESTA on 1800 688 511.
CFA also encourages Victorians to discuss and practise their bushfire survival plan with their family or household. Practising your bushfire survival plan could save your family’s life.
You can find out how to make a plan at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/bushfireplan.
And, remember to stay up to date with the latest information at www.emergency.vic.gov.au or download the VicEmergency app