RURAL AND FARM FIRE

When you live in a rural or farming area, you need to know your bushfire risk and how to put a bushfire survival plan in place.

Preparing for a bushfire

When you live in a rural or farming area, you should know your bushfire risk and put a survival plan in place. This way you can prepare your property, keep your family safe, and look after your livelihood. Think about things that increase your bushfire risk, like the weather and your machinery, and how close you live to emergency services assistance.

It is your responsibility to be aware of the risks you face on your property.

Create and practice a plan with your family and employees. You should all know what you’ll do if a bushfire strikes. Remember to let your neighbours know your plan too.

Crop fire safety
Fuels and ignition sources

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans are issued by your local government and are put in place when your local Bushfire Control Officer identifies the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery as high bushfire risk activities, during particular times of the day. These times are called prohibited burning times and/or restricted burning times and vary between the individual local governments. As a guide, these times generally extend over the traditional summer period from October through to April.

How long does a ban last?
How can I find out if a ban has been issued?
Your responsibilities

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Support for at risk communities

Ensure the safety of direct care workers, staff, and in-home clients.

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Bushfire publications

View and download bushfire manuals, guides and publications.

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Bushfire overview

To survive a bushfire you must be prepared to make your own decisions.

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Prepare for a bushfire

Having a bushfire plan in place will help you make better decisions.

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During a bushfire

If a bushfire has started, then you need to monitor official warnings.

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Recovering from a bushfire

In the wake of a bushfire, it can be incredibly daunting to return home.

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Bushfire Centre of Excellence

An education hub where bushfire management personnel can come together for training and learning.

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Bushfire prone areas

Find out if your property is located in a bushfire prone area and view the planning requirements.

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Total fire ban

A Total Fire Ban is declared when a fire is likely to spread rapidly.

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Planned burning

The process of planning and applying fire to a predetermined area.

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