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.

What can you expect?

  • Grassfires can start anywhere and spread quickly.
  • Lots of smoke: Smoke makes it hard to see and can cause breathing difficulties.
  • Remember, smoke may lead to traffic congestion and accidents so stay off the roads.
  • Radiant heat: Radiant heat is the heat created by a fire.
  • If there's a fire close by, it's important to cover up any exposed skin because radiant heat can cause serious injury or death.
  • Distance is the best protection against radiant heat, so it's important to move two or more streets away from the fire.

What to do:

  • If you live in an urban area near grasslands, walk at least two streets back if a fire starts. 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. 
  • It is safest to do this by walking to keep roads clear for emergency services and help reduce road accidents.
  • Act early, even if you haven't received a warning.
  • If you live two or more streets away from grassland you should stay where you are.
  • Grassfire is unlikely to spread into built up areas.
  • Stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed, place towels or blankets around the bottom of doors and window sills and don't use your air conditioner.
  • Reduce your risk. Mow your grass and remove anything flammable - firewood, rubbish, weeds – from around your home and fenceline.
  • Stay informed on hot, dry, windy days by monitoring conditions outside and tuning into a local emergency broadcaster, checking regularly and by downloading the VicEmergency app.
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