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 one or two streets away from the fire.
What to do:
- If you live directly next to grassland, quickly walk one or two streets back from the fire.
- 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 one 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 emergency.vic.gov.au regularly and by downloading the FireReady app.