“What is happening with the CFA?” “Are you all going to be fired?” “What will happen if there is an emergency?” CFA Brigades and volunteers in the Macedon Ranges have been inundated with these sort of questions since the unfortunate battle between the CFA and the Victorian Government and Unions. … Continue reading

Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

On a cold winter night it’s nice to settle down in front of a wood fire. But if that wood fire isn’t being properly maintained it could change from being an indulgence to a life threatening danger. Chimney fires are caused by the accumulation of creosote and other products of … Continue reading

Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery‏

There are over 3,000 preventable house fires each year in Victoria alone. Smoke alarms provide an essential early warning and time to evacuate safely – but only if they work! As you wind back your clocks on Sunday 3 April 2016, be sure to change your smoke alarm batteries too! Victorian … Continue reading

Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL): 1800 240 667 for accurate information about a fire. 000 is ONLY to report a fire sighting!

Before Burning Off

Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is generally permitted outside the Fire Danger Period. Macedon Ranges Shire Council has local laws on burn-offs that apply year-round. Please check the councils website for more information, or contact the council directly.

Fires in your home

CFA attends more than 2,000 house fires every year. Learn how to keep your home safe this winter.

Current Incidents

A state wide map and list of incidents are available here. It's important to not just have one source of information, and to listen to your local emergency services broadcaster (ABC 774 has the most reliable reception in Gisborne). if you are at all unsure if you can stay or go, GO.

Plan and Prepare

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world. Understanding your level of risk is the first step in developing your Grass and Bushfire Survival Plan.
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