With thousands of Victorians expected to make the most of the Australia Day weekend by exploring parks, forests and reserves, Forest Fire Management Victoria is asking visitors to plan ahead and enjoy their trip.
FFMVic Grampians deputy chief fire officerTony English said whether you're camping, walking, riding, or driving, the Australia Day weekend was a great opportunity to discover our beautiful parks, forests and reserves.
"We want people to enjoy our forests, follow the rules by knowing what they can and can't do and set a good example by behaving responsibly," he said.
"Authorised officers will partner with other agencies including Victoria Police to patrol areas so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
"It's the middle of summer, so if it's hot or windy, use common sense and don't light a campfire and if you do have a campfire, it must be fully extinguished with water, not soil, and must be cool to touch before being safe to leave."
Mr English said said people were urged to be careful, especially when it comes to campfires, as gusty winds would easily carry embers from a campfire and into the bush.
"...People should monitor the situation via the various information channels available including their local radio stations or the Vic Emergency Line on free call 1800 226 226 or download the Vic Emergency app," he said.
For more information on campfire safety rules and forest regulations, visit https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/permits-and-regulations/fire-restrictions-and-regulations.
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