SUMMER has arrived, with Country Fire Authority already declaring total fire bans in some areas and the Mornington Peninsula’s fire danger rating period starting on Monday 18 December and ending 1 May 2024.
The CFA has also reminded Victorians to consider their pets and livestock when making bushfire survival plans.
Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said bushfire relocation kits for pets should be kept within easy reach during high-risk bushfire days.
“It can take longer than you think to move your pets, so make sure you can transport them efficiently and have towels and woollen blankets on hand to protect them,” he said.
Heffernan said a separate plan was needed for horses and livestock “as late evacuation will put you both at risk Your plan should identify evacuation routes and which animals you intend to leave behind. You need to act quickly, as moving stock after a fire has started is dangerous.”
RSPCA Victoria’s head of prevention Rebecca Cook said planning for potential emergency evacuation and knowing what was needed for pets was vital.
“You should store photos on your phone and email of important documents like registration, microchip numbers, vaccination certificates, medication directions, and your local vet.”
On the peninsula planned burns must be registered online with Fire Permits Victoria at firepermits.vic.gov.au/notify.
Check fire rating days at: emergency.vic.gov.au/firedangerratings.