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.
What can you expect?
- Very hot fire and many embers.
- Embers such as twigs, bark and debris arriving from far away.
- Dangerous levels of radiant heat and fire intensity.
- Trees falling in high winds.
- Embers landing for a long time after the fire has passed.
- Fine fuels (the thickness of a pencil or less) that burn very quickly.
- Heavy fuels that will burn very hot for long periods of time.
- A reduction in visibility due to very thick smoke.
What you need to do:
- You need to prepare your property for fire before summer starts.
- Decide when you will leave and where you will go on hot, dry, windy days when the risk of a fire starting is increased.
- Talk to your family and friends about when you will leave and where you will go.
- Stay informed on hot, dry, windy days by monitoring conditions outside and tuning into a local emergency broadcaster, checking emergency.vic.gov.au regularly and by downloading the FireReady app.
- Leaving early is the safest option.