Fires are part of life in Victoria.

Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas in the world. All Victorians need to know how to plan for, and respond to fire. How you respond depends on your situation but by taking the time to prepare, you can reduce your risk and help keep your loved ones safe. The Victorian Government has created an online Fire Planner to help you get started in as little as 10 minutes.

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How should I prepare?

Select which of the following best describes you.

Know the risks.

Bushfires and grassfires start quickly, often without warning and they can threaten lives and properties within minutes. Knowing the risks and important information this fire season could keep you safe.

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You don’t have to live in the country to be at risk.

Fires can occur where the suburbs meet the bush or in urban areas where houses have grass, bushland or parkland near them.

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Stay up to date.

Downloading the VicEmergency app is the best way to stay up to date during fire season.

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Know your daily Fire Danger Rating.

Ratings of fire danger tell you how dangerous a fire could be if it started. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating daily for your local region and for any region you may be travelling in.

How well do you know fire?

Having a fire plan and preparing your property could save your life. If you live near areas that have significant bush, forest, long grass, or coastal scrub, then you need to have a fire plan. The Fire Planner allows you to create a plan, so you know what to do when the risk of fire increases. During an emergency, it is hard to think clearly. You may forget important things or waste valuable time deciding where to go. The Fire Planner allows you to generate a personalised fire plan, downloadable as a PDF, so you can easily share crucial details with family, friends, and neighbours.