Fire safety

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Fire prevention

Landowners and occupiers are responsible for fire prevention on their properties, and there are steps you can take now to prepare your home for the summer fire season each year and give it the best chance of surviving a bushfire.

This includes:

  • Removal of fire hazards and potential fire hazards from properties
  • Cleaning out gutters, mowing the lawn and management or removing vegetation
  • Reducing the number of flammable items within a 30m radius of your house
  • Regular testing and maintenance of extinguishers and hose reels
  • Maintenance of clear exits
  • Practicing emergency evacuation procedures where appropriate as outlined in your Bushfire Survival Plan. 

Inspections of properties across the Shire are conducted each year and landowners with fire hazards will receive a clean up notice. Owners failing to comply may be fined. We may also remove the hazard and charge the owner for the completed works.

Anyone wishing to conduct a private burn in an urban area will need to apply for a Permit to Burn. For more details on fire restrictions during the Fire Danger Period, please visit cfa.vic.gov.au.  

All permits issued by Municipal Fire Prevention Officers are suspended for the duration of any Total Fire Ban Day. Also strict guidelines may apply during the Fire Danger Period.

You will find more detailed information on fire prevention in CFA’s Your Guide to Property Preparation.

Before, during and after

Before a bushfire or grassfire:

  • Attend a CFA Fire Ready meeting or Bushfire Planning workshop
  • Understand your fire risk: bushfire, grassfire, hilly, in town?
  • Write a Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Decide if and who will stay and actively defend or leave early. Plan for those most at risk: children, frail elderly, those with special needs
  • Prepare your property and have an emergency kit ready.

During:

  • Check warnings and information
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Protect people from radiant heat
  • Drink plenty of water.

After:

  • Check information updates
  • Keep wearing protective clothing
  • Keep checking for embers after the fire front as passed
  • Take care around trees, branches and trees can fall without warning.

You can find more information in CFA’s Fire Ready Kit or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 2226 226. 

Neighbourhood Safer Places

We have designated several sites across the shire as Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSPs) - Places of Last Resort.

NSPs should be considered only when all your other personal plans such as your Bushfire Surival Plan have failed. Your safety and survival cannot be guaranteed on your way to or at a Place of Last Resort. There may be no services or facilities and some sites offer minimum protection from radiant heat and embers.

These Places of Last Resort have been assessed by the CFA and Council for their ability to provide some protection against radiant heat, one of the biggest killers in bushfires.

Not all towns have an NSP, and we must emphasise that where they do exist, they must only ever be considered as a place of last resort.

We encourage every resident to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and to practice it. If you live in a high-risk area, plan to leave the night before on days of code red fire danger. On days of severe or extreme fire danger, plan to leave early in the morning and plan ahead about where you can go.

Do not go to an NSP if you are leaving the area early during a bushfire emergency. More information on NSPs can be found on the CFA websiteor our Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan. 

NSP locations:

  • Beechworth: Memorial Hall, Ford Street
  • Beechworth: Police Paddocks, High Street
  • Yackandandah: Senior Citizens, Wellsford Street
  • Yackandandah: Memorial Gardens, High Street
  • Chiltern: Memorial Hall, Conness Street
  • Tangambalanga: Community Centre, 29 Kiewa East Road
  • Stanley: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Pioneer Road
  • Rutherglen: Showgrounds Reserve Open Space, High Street
  • Barnawartha: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Havelock Street
  • Sandy Creek: Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Lockharts Gap Road

 See VicEmergency's interactive NSPs map.

Documents

Indigo Shire's Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan(PDF, 135KB)

Fire plugs

We conduct annual checks on fire plugs as it is essential they are obvious and accessible. Residents are not to obscure fire plugs or plant bushes, shrubs or trees that make the location of fire plugs difficult to find or access.

Why not have a look around and see where the Fire Plug that protects your property is located?

If you would like further information on fire plugs and their locations, or wish to lodge a maintenance report, please contact us.

Community Information Guides - Bushfire

Community Information Guides - Bushfire are a key source of information for the community and an important tool to emphasise the shared responsibility between the community, fire services and local government.

CFA have created guides for a number of communities statewide that are deemed to be at risk of bushfire or grassfire.

Your Community Information Guide provides important direction and information for communities to assist with planning before, during and after a fire.

A full list of the guides for Victoria is available in alphabetical order at CFA Online.  

Know the Rules Before Burning Off(PDF, 281KB)