Bushfires are a major risk threatening life and property in Victoria. There are a number of ways you can prepare your family and property to minimise a bushfire's impact and give you peace of mind throughout the fire season.
Glenelg Shire Council has designated a number of locations as Neighbourhood Safer Places.
The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. It helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan into action. Ratings are forecast using Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load. The rating is your prompt to take action to stay safe. For more information you can visit the CFA.
Fire Danger Ratings are forecast for four days and a Total Fire Ban is declared by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and could be difficult to control. If a district has not been declared a Total Fire Ban, fire restrictions may still apply for each municipality. Total Fire Bans are normally declared by 5pm on the day before a ban but can be declared or revoked at any time. Always check for the latest updates.
See what you can and can’t do on days of Total Fire Ban you can visit the CFA.
Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Ban days are declared based on weather districts.
Glenelg Shire Council is in the South West Weather District.
Smoke is a very dangerous part of any bushfire event. It is important to know what to do if you are confronted by large quantities of smoke.
Health advice for bushfire smoke
Staying safe in the car during a bushfire
It is vital that you have prepared a bushfire plan before the start of the bushfire season. The CFA has some key tips to help you plan for a bushfire event, as well as a Bushfire Survival Planning Template.