Please remain alert to fire risks this weekend

March 6, 2024 6:34 am in by

With temperatures set to soar across Victoria this Labour Day long weekend, CFA is urging Victorians to be prepared for persistent fire risk as they embark on their travels.

Recent fires in February across the Grampians, Beaufort and Dereel serve as a reminder the fire season is not over yet and communities need to be prepared. Although the fires are now under control, crews remain active on the fireground blacking out and working on hazardous trees.

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan encouraged travellers to familiarise themselves this weekend with the fire district they are entering or basing themselves in. 

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“Grassfires can move at speeds of up to 25km per hour and can jump highways, so you must be prepared to alter your route if required,” CO Heffernan said.

“Avoid driving through high-risk areas on hot, dry, windy days if you can, and monitor conditions through two or more sources of local information.

For travel safety tips, to check the Fire Danger Rating or to find out “Can I or Can’t I?” information go to