Am I at Risk?
Am I at risk?
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Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world. Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire.
Have a look at the different types of fire risk environments below and see which one you live in. By recognising and understanding your risk environment this will also help you to start preparing your property for fire and know what to do.
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Close to or among grass or paddocks
Grassfires can be extremely dangerous - people can die in grassfires.
Close to or among dense or open bush
Risk is most extreme if you live surrounded by or near forest that is difficult to see through. However, all forest or woodland presents a bushfire risk.
Near coastal scrub
Burning scrub, heath or other coastal vegetation can create hot, dangerous bushfires. If you live by, work by or travel to the coast you are at risk. Beaches, foreshores and shallow waters may not be safe or protect you from radiant heat. Often a fire will be burning between you and the beach.
Where cities and towns meet the bush
You do not have to live in the country to be at risk of bushfire.
Suburban homes can burn down in bushfire, too.
Where cities and towns meet grasslands
If you live in a built-up area on the edge of grassland - whether it's open grassland, parks, paddocks or reserves - you could be impacted by grassfire this summer.