Bushfire Preparation and Plans
Bushfires in Victoria are common and can range in severity due to demographic, geographic and climatic factors. Bushfires are a threat to Victoria’s livestock industries.
The behaviour of a fire can change with little warning and you must never assume your property is safe. Property location does not necessarily relate to the impact of a fire or the severity of losses.
Farms located adjacent to forests may be engulfed by a bushfire in a matter of hours or days, while fast-moving grassfires fuelled by dried pastures can develop and devastate in minutes or hours.
It is important to plan and be prepared early, so you lessen the impact of fire on your property and livestock. Do not wait until the threat is imminent.
The most important thing is the safety of you and your family.
Preparing your bushfire plan
- Farm and livestock bushfire plan
- Create your own list of emergency contacts using the My Emergency Details tool
- Insurance cover
- Animal welfare in emergencies
- Horses and bushfires
- Stock containment areas
- Pets and emergencies
- Caring for animals during extreme heat
- Video: Bushfire preparedness for small landholders
- Haystack fires (spontaneous combustion)
- Preparing your vineyard for fire
- Fire risk management for farm forestry plantations
- Dairy Australia: Preparing for fire threats
Monitoring fire bans and ratings, fire activity and weather
- Country Fire Authority (CFA): Warnings and incidents
- Fire Services Commissioner: Emergency Information - Victoria
- Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE): Fire and other emergencies
- Bureau of Meteorology (BoM): Weather forecasts
- VicRoads: Road closures and traffic alerts
More information and resources
- Victorian Bushfire Information Line: 1800 240 667
- When bushfire strikes
- Bushfire recovery
- Department of Human Services: Victorian bushfire assistance
For further advice and information, call our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.