Your Guide to Property Preparation
Find out if your property is at risk of fire and how to get your house and garden ready before the fire season.
Your guide to property preparation brochure (PDF 2.3Mb)
Pre-season Update 2017-18 Summer Season
Outlines the key 2017-18 safety and operational messages for firefighters and incident control personnel, plus lessons learned from previous incidents.
Pre-season update 2017-18 summer season (PDF 1770k)
Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide
This guide applies to all grain harvesting and grain handling operations that occur "in the paddock", including operation of grain harvesters, operation of vehicles involved in transporting grain, grain dryers and grain augers.
Voluntary Grain harvesting guide (PDF 400k)
Private bushfire shelters in Victoria
A guide for siting, landscaping and use
Private bushfire shelters in Victoria (PDF 691k) | Word version (doc 557k)
Grassfires Fact Sheet - Urban
General Information to help you know how to protect yourself and your property from grassfires if you live near cities and towns.
Grassfires Fact Sheet - Urban (PDF 888k)
Grassfires Fact Sheet - Rural
General Information to help you know how to protect yourself and your property from grassfires if you live in rural areas.
Grassfires Fact Sheet - Rural (PDF 1.6Mb)
Pets and Bushfires
If you live near bush, grassland or coastal areas, you need to develop a Bushfire Survival Plan that includes your pets.
Pets and Bushfires (PDF 308k)
Horses and Bushfires
A quick reference guide for horse owners to plan for the safety and survival of their horses.
Horses and Bushfires (PDF 425k)
Can I Can't I Explains fire restrictions for Total Fire Ban days and during the Fire Danger Period.
Can I Can't I (PDF 444k) | Text only version (doc 68k)
Fire Danger Ratings
Understand how the Fire Danger Rating Scale will alert you to danger so you can take action.
Fire Danger Ratings (PDF 101k)
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Know your Total Fire Ban district
The Total Fire Ban and Fire Danger Ratings districts have been updated. This brochure includes a map of the districts with a list of municipalities in each district.
Know Your Total Fire Ban District (PDF 163k)
Your Guide to Survival (Version 4)
A shorter version of our Fire Ready Kit. This ‘go to guide’ informs you on information such as how to stay informed on fire risk days, why you should leave early, what information to gather ahead of fire season for you and your family, understand what to expect during a bushfire and guidance on how to stay informed of fires across your area.
Your Guide to Survival (PDF 2.3Mb)
Pre-season Update 2016-17 Summer Season
A different approach to previous years, the focus is on front line safety and the sharing of lessons identified from previous incidents to improve safety.
Pre-season update 2016-17 summer season (PDF 1944k)
Pre-season update 2015-16 summer season
Outlines the key 2015-16 safety and operational messages for firefighters and incident control personnel.
Pre-season update 2015-16 summer season (PDF 1889k)
Localised guide to help residents understand their risk and undertake essential planning and preparation. Available for more than 250 high risk areas. Community Information Guide
Go to Community Information Guides page
Fire Ready Carers Kit A resource to support home care providers assist with fire preparedness and planning. Fire Ready Carers Kit (3mb)
Farm Safety Checklist Farm Safety Checklist (645k)
Pre-Season Update 2014-15 Fire SeasonOutlines the key safety messages for the upcoming season including Victoria's new emergency management arrangements, Firefighter Health and Wellbeing, Public Information and a case study on Evacuation of Halls Gap. Pre-Season Update 2014-15 Fire Season (PDF 1285k)
Fire Safe BBQ
Follow these fire safe barbeque tips during summer.
Fire Safe BBQ (PDF 237K)
Wire Rope Safety Barriers WRSB are being installed extensively across Victoria by Vic Roads. Although CFA considers the benefits of WRSB are significant for the safety of road users resulting in reduced deaths on Victorian roads, Brigades raised their concerns with WRSB installation (via the CSAC committee) in relation to the reduced access for fire fighting. CFA has produced a position paper that has been endorsed by the Chief Officer.
Wire Rope Safety Barriers Position Paper (PDF 44k)
Business Fire Ready Kit 2014
Resource to help businesses understand local risks, prepare their business and employees, identify triggers to act, understand how to inform customers and undertake planning.
Business Fire Ready Kit (PDF 3mb)
Evaporative air conditioner - fire safetyHow to keep your evaporative air conditioner safe from embers during a bushfire.
Evaporative air conditioner - fire safety (PDF 356k)
Fire Ready Kit Complete Fire Ready Kit - (PDF 3000k) Text only version (DOC 96k)
Fire Ready Kit webpage
Tourism Business Fire Ready KitResource to helpr tourism businesses understand their local risks, prepare their business and their employees, identify triggers to act, understand how to inform customers and undertake planning.
Tourism Fire Ready Kit (PDF 1000k) | Text version (DOC 933k)
Staying Informed Explains the three warning levels and the different ways of getting information to help you stay informed during the summer season.
Staying Informed - Warnings (PDF 1MB)
Audio version Download MP3 - 1mb
Video version How we warn the community
Therapeutic wheat bags factsheet Safety hints when using therapeutic wheat bags.
Landscaping for Bushfire: Example gardens Four practical examples of gardens in high risk environments using landscaping for bushfire principles. Includes a case study.
Go to Landscaping for Bushfire page
Enjoy a fire safe summerLearn a few simple steps to stay fire safe in the summer months
Enjoy a fire safe summer (PDF 206k)
Home fire safety checklist and escape plan A checklist to help you keep your house safe from common causes of fire. Follow the instructions to draw up your home fire escape plan.
Home fire safety checklist and escape plan (PDF 291k)
Professional gardeners or keen amateurs can learn how to better protect their house by creating a fire smart garden. Landscaping for Bushfire: Garden Design and plant selection
Go to Landscaping for Bushfire page
Preventing Haystack FiresLearn what causes haystack fires, how to minimise the risk of haystack fires and protect your assets, and what to do if hay is heating
Preventing Haystack Fires (PDF 1189k) | Text version - doc 29k
Download MP3 - 4mb
Produced jointly by CFA and Australian Red Cross, this booklet guides you through the four steps to prepare to leave early on fire risk days. Bushfires: Preparing to leave early
Bushfires Preparing to leave early (PDF 1391k) | Text version (DOC 556k
Fire safety tips around the home for parents with young children. Early Fire Safe factsheets
Youth Firesetting Support Guide A resource for parents and practitioners concerned about fire-risk behaviour in a child or young person.