Grassfires - Near Cities and Towns

If you live or work on the outskirts of a city or town, you might be next to grassland, parks, paddocks or bush.

For your safety, you need to understand your risk and plan ahead. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations.

Grassfires can start anywhere and spread quickly.

If you live next to grassland and a grassfire starts, walk at least two streets back from the fire.

If you live two or three streets away from grassland and a grassfire starts, stay where you are; Grassfires are unlikely to spread into built-up areas.

Never drive if you can see smoke or fire. Thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely.

Keep roads clear for emergency services

Cars and vehicles can start grassfires

Avoid driving vehicles and motorbikes through dry grass. The risk of starting a fire from the hot exhaust system is high. Even pulling over into grass at the side of the road could start a serious grassfire without you even being aware.

Stay informed

During summer, it's up to you to stay informed about conditions and any fires in your area.

Make it your habit to:

  • Check your fire danger rating every day
  • Know if it is a Total Fire Ban
  • Check for warnings, especially on hot, dry windy days

Download the VicEmergency App and set up your watch zone.

The app is managed by Emergency Management Victoria and supported by the Department of Justice and Community.

You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play

You can also find information about current fires, warnings and updates on your local emergency broadcaster.



Page last updated:  Thursday, 21 December 2023 4:32:43 PM