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Where cities and towns meet the bush

You do not have to live in the country to be at risk of bushfire.  Suburban homes can burn down in bushfire, too.

What can you expect?

  • Scrub, forest and grass catching fire.
  • A fire in a park or reserve quickly spreading to timber fences and gardens.
  • Fire spreading from house to house once houses start to burn.
  • A high risk of ember attack if the house is near dense bushland environments.
  • Embers falling close to or on your house starting a new fire.
  • Strong winds that bring embers from far away.

What 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.
  • 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 VicEmergency app.
  • Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family.
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