Arson and reckless fire
- Whether lit deliberately or recklessly, bushfire arson is a crime.
- Bushfire arson can result in huge cost to the community through loss of life, destruction of property, and destruction of the environment.
- Police need your help to stop bushfire arson. You can help protect your community by
- reporting unsafe behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, at crimestoppersvic.com.au, or through the Crime Stoppers Victoria app. Reporting is completely confidential.
- Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Early action can prevent fires threatening lives and property. If you see smoke or fire, call Triple Zero (‘000’) immediately. If you see something suspicious, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Warnings and updates
- Warnings are issued when a fire has started and you need to take action
- You should never wait to receive an official warning before you leave. Fires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes
- Make sure you understand the three levels of warnings and what they mean. The three levels of warnings are Advice, Watch and Act and Emergency Warning
- Don’t expect warnings to be issued in any particular order. The first warning you get could be an Emergency Warning
Always use more than one source for warnings.
- Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV, phone the VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226)
- Visit emergency.vic.gov.au
- Download the VicEmergency App.
- Warnings are also available on VicEmergency's Twitter (@vicemergency) and Facebook
- If you're travelling this summer, check the Fire Danger Ratings for your destination before you go and when you arrive, and listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you’re on the road
- If you travel in bush or grassland areas during summer you should always carry a woollen blanket and plenty of water to drink
- Download the VicEmergency app, bookmark emergency.vic.gov.au, and save the VicEmergency Hotline number 1800 226 226 into your mobile phone. Make sure your mobile phone has a fully charged battery
- Monitor weather conditions while you’re away by listening to local or ABC radio and talking to locals about the fire risk when you arrive
- On Severe or Extreme Fire Danger Rating days, it’s safer to travel to cities and towns. Never travel into bush or grassland areas where a Code Red has been forecast
- Be aware of grassfires when you’re travelling. Grassfire can move at speeds of up to 25 km/h and jump highways
- Check weather conditions and your fire risk before leaving home because you may not get phone reception across regional Victoria.
Municipal Emergency Management Plan
The Moira Shire Municipal Emergency Management Plan addresses the prevention of, response to and recovery from emergencies within the Shire.
Further information about the Plan is available by contacting Council's Emergency Management Officer.