Be aware of forest Fire Danger Ratings for the district you are travelling to, the Mount Hotham Alpine Area and surrounds are in the North East District. On days of total Fire Ban no fires can be lit, including solid fuel barbecues. Plan to leave early on hot, dry and windy days as conditions may cause the closure of roads and parks for public safety. National parks close on Code Red Days.For updated information on fires in Victoria or general safety advice, please call the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667, listen to local ABC radio station or visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au. Fire Danger Rating and Total Fire Ban information is available at www.cfa.vic.gov.au
These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire.Holiday properties are not designed or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions.The safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas.Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass.
Expect extremely hot, dry and windy conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.Reconsider plans to visit parks and forests. The safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas.
Expect hot, dry and possibly windy conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold, it may be uncontrollable.Well prepared holiday properties that are actively defended can provide safety.Be prepared to change your plans.
Very High, High and Low-Moderate
If a fire starts, it can most likely be controlled in these conditions. Check if any fire restrictions are in force. Be aware of how fires can start and minimise the risk. Plan your activities carefully on hot, dry and windy days.