Victoria is one of the most fire prone regions in the world, so we all need to be careful with fire, especially during the warmer months. On designated Total Fire ban days there are specific activities that are not allowed, and others that are only allowed with strict guidelines. These are detailed in the CFA Can I, Can't I Brochure
The Mornington Peninsula is a High Risk area meaning that residents as well as visitors have a responsibility to make themselves aware of appropriate Bushfire behaviour. Planning is the key. There is a lot of information available to help. The most important thing is to get ACCURATE information. The best source of up to date and accurate information is the Country Fire Authority (CFA). Visitor Information Centres will also have a range of CFA information brochures. Checking the weather conditions and fire danger ratings will help you to be prepared.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is in the CFA’s Central Fire Ban District
IMPLICATIONS FOR VISITING NATIONAL PARKS
Some national parks and picnic areas are regularly closed on a day of Total Fire Ban or forecast Severe Fire Danger Rating. For more information on Park Closures http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/park-management/fire,-flood-and-other-closures/total-fire-ban-park-closures or Fire Danger Ratings visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
On days of Extreme and Severe Fire Danger Ratings you should reconsider plans to visit parks and forests, and if you are already within a park or forest the safest option is to leave the night before or early in the day.
You may not receive a personal warning or see signs indicating that the park or forest is closed. Bushfire safety is an individual responsibility. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions and alert to signs of fire such as smoke or emergency vehicles.
Please be especially aware of safety issues during the summer including fire and weather events that may affect tours and activities. Visitors should check local conditions before travelling by visiting http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au or http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/park-management/bushfire-management/code-red-park-closures.
Check What You Can And Can’t Do On Days Of Total Fire Ban Here
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION ON WEATHER & FIRE DANGER RATINGS
It is critical to make sure that you have access to UP TO DATE and ACCURATE information whilst on your travels. The CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au & smart phone App should be your first port of call but there are a lot of other ways to access information
* Radio: ABC radio as well as all major commercial stations now have in Fire warning announcements in place
* Victorian Bushfire Information Line (also has information about controlled burns on their system) PHONE 1800 240 667
* TV: nightly weather
* Internet: Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au/vic or DSE websites www.dse.vic.gov.au
NOTE: Level 1 accredited Visitor Information Centres also have brochures for visitors
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION ON FIRE RISKS & FIRES ACTUALLY HAPPENING
* CFA website – up to the minute information about incidents and advice for each fire www.cfa.vic.gov.au
* CFA Twitter feed - www.twitter.com/cfa_updates
* CFA Facebook - www.facebook.com/cfavic
* CFA App - search CFA Fire Ready in your i-tunes store
or go to the directory page on www.cfa.vic.gov.au The app gives you live updates.
NOTE: NOT Fire Stations
SAFE ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
On Total Fire Ban
and Code Red
days (even if you are staying in a low risk area) you need to make sure that you do not inadvertently travel into HIGH RISK areas while out and about on these days. Total Fire Ban
and Code Red
days are designated from midnight to midnight so may mean that you need to be absent from the high risk areas ALL day and into the evening.
Some ideas of safe locations or activities to do on the Mornington Peninsula might include:
* Shopping centres or main streets of towns that are fairly built up – Frankston, Mornington, Hastings, Rosebud, Sorrento (note Blairgowrie, Mt Martha and Red Hill would not be good choices)
* Pelican Park pool at Hastings
* Go on the Ferry to Queenscliff for the day
* Stay at home and watch DVDs (if your property is in a safe location)
* Shopping or activities further afield in Frankston or Melbourne
See below for more information
Enjoy a Fire Safe Summer poster_A4.pdf
Fire Danger Rating
Know your total fire ban district