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Total Fire Ban days
TOTAL Fire Ban is a day where
certain activities that may cause
fire are banned.
Total Fire Ban Days are declared
by CFA and announced the night
before through all major media
These are days of high fire
risk with high temperatures and
On days of high fire risk, stay in-
formed by tuning in to your emer-
gency broadcasters: ABC Local
Radio, commercial radio stations
or Sky News Television.
If travelling on days of high fire
risk, listen to the radio specific to
the area you are in for current up-
You can also contact the Victo -
rian Bushfire Information Line
(VBIL) on 1800 240 667 (or via
National Relay Service on 1800
555 677 if you are deaf or hard
of hearing) to find out about any
fires in the area on the day.
On Total Fire Ban days, NO fires
are allowed in then open, includ-
• Barbecues fuelled by wood,
heat beads or briquettes
• Outdoor ovens
• Fires for warmth
• Burning off grass or rubbish.
On Total Fire Ban Days you ARE
allowed to use:
• Gas or electric barbecues built
into permanent structures, with
no flammable materials within a
three metre radius.
• Portable gas or electric bar-
becues within 20 metres of a
dwelling (excludes mobile homes,
caravans and tents), with no flam-
mable materials within a three
• A barbecue or spit at an out-
door function if you’re a caterer or
charitable organisation and have
a written permit from your fire
service. You must comply with all
conditions outlined on the permit.
BUT, you MUST have:
• Either a hose connected to a
water supply, or a vessel with at
least 10 litres of water.
• A supervising adult be present
at all times when the fire is alight.
Fire Services advise against all
non-essential work, using engine
driven chainsaws, plant trim-
mers, lawnmowers and driving in
The Fire Danger Rating will be
a feature of weather forecasts and
alert you to the actions you should
take in preparation for and on the
It will be in newspapers, broad-
cast on radio, TV and on websites
Be fire ready this summer
THIS summer, parts of
Victoria are at above average
risk of bush and grassfire.
Although it’s important to
prepare your property for
fire, it’s also essential to plan
for what you’re going to do if
a fire starts.
The most important prep-
arations you can undertake
are to understand your
risk, talk to your household
about what you will do if a
fire starts, and know how to
use Fire Danger Ratings and
Fire risk is different de-
pending on whether you live
on a city fringe next to grass-
land, or in a rural area close
to scrub, grass or bushland.
For information on the
risk in your area and tips
on leaving early, you can talk
to your local CFA brigade or
Fire planning and prepara-
tion should include a discus-
sion with your household at
the start of summer about
when you will leave before
a fire and where you will go.
You also need to decide
where you will shelter if you
get caught out and cannot
leave your property or area.
Understanding how to use
Fire Danger Ratings is an
important part of your prep-
arations. Fire Danger Rat-
ings tell you how bad a fire
would be if one started.
fire starts it will be uncon-
trollable. This means you
need to leave the area the
night before or early in the
day that the Code Red rating
On a Severe or Extreme
day, if your house is not pre-
pared and you are not able
to defend it, leaving early in
the day is your safest option.
Remember, leaving early
is always the safest option
to protect yourself and your
Wherever you live, you
need to know where to check
Fire warnings are avail-
able at emergency.vic.gov.
au, by calling the Victorian
Bushfire Information Line
on 1800 240 667, or on the
FireReady smartphone app.
You should always access
more than one source for
warnings, and you can also
listen to local radio or follow
CFA’s Facebook page and
Twitter feed for this informa-
Be fire ready this summer - protect your home and property.
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