WHAT DOES BEING FIRE READY MEAN?
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. Check What You Can And Can’t Do On Days Of Total Fire Ban HERE>>
Know Your Stuff
The Mornington Peninsula is a High Risk Fire area meaning that visitors as well as residents have a responsibility to make themselves aware of appropriate Fire Ready behaviour. Planning is the key and there is a lot of information available to help. The most important thing is to get ACCURATE information, and the best source of up to date and accurate information is the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
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 weather conditions and the Fire Danger ratings before starting the day to help be prepared. It is critical to make sure that you have access to UP TO DATE and ACCURATE information whilst on your travels. The easiest way to do this is to visit the CFA website HERE>>
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is in the CFA’s Central Fire Ban District
Total Fire Ban & Code Red Days
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.
High risk areas on the Mornington peninsula can include those with limited access roads (such as Point Nepean or Cape Schanck) or those with roads lined with trees (such as many areas of Red Hill and Main Ridge).
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. 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 National Park Closures HERE>>
Some tourism attractions in bushland settings such as The Enchanted Adventure Garden or Arthurs Seat Eagle (among others) may also close. Make sure to check their social media/ website before travelling.
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.
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
* Stay at home and watch DVDs (if your property is in a safe location)
* Shopping or activities further afield in Frankston or Melbourne
What To Do When There Is A Fire
Get information from the following:
* 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
There are a lot of other ways to access information about fires
* 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
* Level 1 accredited Visitor Information Centres have information brochures for visitors
Need more information?
To find out what each Fire Danger Rating means, click HERE>>
If you are travelling away from the Mornington peninsula it is important to know your total fire ban district. You can find it HERE>>