While You're Away
Listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you're on the road.
The Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au has a full list of emergency broadcast stations.
Stay informed by visiting the Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au checking the FireReady app, calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667, following CFA on Twitter or Facebook, talking to locals, visiting an accredited Visitor Information Centre or by listening to an emergency broadcast.
If you're travelling around Victoria in summer, there are a few things you need to do before you leave and while you are away.
Before you leave
* Download the FireReady app, bookmark the Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au and save the Victorian Bushfire Information Line number – 1800 240 667 – into your mobile phone
* Make sure your mobile phone has a fully charged battery
* Check the Fire Danger Rating for your destination on the Emergency Victoria website emergency.vic.gov.au as you may not have phone reception across regional Victoria.
What are Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans?
Fire Danger Ratings tell you how dangerous a fire would be if it started. A Total Fire Ban sets legal restrictions on activities that may start a fire, including restrictions on barbecues and campfires.
Be aware of grassfires when you’re travelling. Grassfire can move at speeds of up to 25 km/hr and jump highways.
Check if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the area you are visiting.
On a Total Fire Ban day, campfires are not allowed.
Only gas and electric barbecues are allowed if you follow the regulations.
For more information about Total Fire Bans, visit the CFA website cfa.vic.gov.au
On Severe or Extreme Fire Danger Rating days, it's safer to travel to cities and towns.
Never travel into a high-risk bushfire area where a Code Red Fire Danger Rating has been forecast