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Fire ready in Maroondah

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Get up-to-date information from

  • VicEmergency - includes a real-time Google Map display with emergency events
  • Vic Emergency app - official Victorian Government app with fire warnings, information on planned burns and other types of incidents
  • CFA web site: www.cfa.vic.gov.au
  • Vic Emergency Hotline:  1800 226 226
  • ABC local radio:  3LO 774 AM

Are you at risk? 

Every summer brings several high bushfire risk days when temperatures climb, often accompanied by a hot north wind.  These days may be declared a Total Fire Ban.  Fire Restrictions can also be applied across most areas of Victoria by CFA, when fire danger is high. Typically this is over the summer period of November through to April.

Victoria has adopted a nationally agreed Fire Danger Rating scale to help communities understand information about fire danger. A Fire Danger Rating is a prediction of fire behaviour, including how hard it would be to put out a fire once it starts.



Recommended Action

CODE RED (Catastrophic)

Leaving high risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option – do not wait and see.

Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass.

Know your trigger – make a decision about:

  • when you will leave
  • where you will go
  • how you will get there
  • when you will return
  • what you will do if you cannot leave
  • Consider staying with your property only if you are prepared to the highest level. This means your home needs to be situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, you are well prepared and you can actively defend your home if a fire starts.
  • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving high risk bushfire areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to ABC Local Radio, commercial radio stations or Sky News TV, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Vic Hotline 1800 226 226
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety – check your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to ABC Local Radio, commercial radio stations or Sky News TV, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Vic Hotline 1800 226 226
  • Check your bushfire survival plan
  • Monitor conditions
  • Action may be needed
  • Leave if necessary


Total Fire Bans

Victoria is divided into five Total Fire Ban districts and a day of Total Fire Ban is only declared in the districts where hazardous conditions prevail. The Chief Officer of CFA can declare a Total Fire Ban in one district or all districts and does so when fire danger is extreme and to reduce the likelihood of fire starting on these days.

The CFA web site has more information on Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.

Prepare your property

All property owners are encouraged to ensure their homes and properties are fire ready.

Interim changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions

The government has announced interim planning provisions for some areas of Victoria with regard to clearing trees and vegetation.  These changes do not apply to the Maroondah municipality.

Information on Fire Restrictions and Total Fire Ban Days

Maroondah is a "no burn area" therefore no lighting of fires is permitted at any time without a permit. Permits can be obtained through Council's Local Laws Team or by contacting telephone 1800 226 226.

Exemptions are as follows:

  • permit has been issued
  • the fire is lit for cooking or warmth in a properly constructed fireplace (plus other conditions)
  • welding, cutting or grinding subject to restrictions
  • fire is used for other industrial purposes subject to conditions.

Burning off is not permitted in the City of Maroondah without a permit.

Fire Clearance Notices

Fire Clearance Notices are sent to property owners if their property is considered to pose a potential fire risk.  If owners do not compy with the notice, a contractor will be engaged by Council to complete the required works at the owner's expense.  Council takes the risk of fire on vacant and unkempt land very seriously, and will issue fines if necessary.

Power line safety

Trees growing close to powerlines can cause fires, blackouts and power surges and present a major safety risk. SP-AusNet, the energy provider for this area, have provided the following information. View SP-AusNet power safety guidelines.

Prepare yourself

Stay safe this summer by developing a Bushfire Survival Plan based on your decision to leave early.  The CFA website offers advice on preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan.

Also, don't forget that as well as being safe at home you need to consider fire safety when out and about, whether camping, bush walking or just having a picnic. Before heading out, make sure you find out the latest on bushfire risk from the CFA website.

Find out how to prepare your animals for an emergency from the RSPCA Victoria website or the Agriculture website

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