Fires

For all information about fires including current fires, fire prevention, new fire ratings and more, visit the CFA website. Community Safety information for the hearing impaired can be accessed Community Safety information for the hearing impaired can be accessed via the vicdeaf website.

For all emergencies, dial 000.

The City of Casey undertakes an ongoing program to minimise the risk of bushfire in the municipality. It is important for our residents to understand the preparations being made by the City of Casey, as well as other government organisations, such as the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). It is also important for residents to be able to easily find the information that they need to prepare themselves and their homes for the fire season. 

Remember that the only way to guarantee you and your family’s safety is to not be in a fire risk area on a fire risk day. If travelling to other parts of Victoria, or going on holiday’s it is also important to be aware of any risks at the location of your visit.

Fire Danger Ratings

Victoria has adopted the nationally agreed Fire Danger Rating scale to help communities understand information about fire danger. It is important that you understand the Fire Danger Rating Scale so that you know when to enact any fire plans that you may have prepared.

Fire danger period advisory signs

Fire danger period advisory signs are located at major road entrances to the municipality, and at other strategic locations. They are provided by Council to inform the community that the declared fire danger period is in force, and to highlight the restrictions on the use of fire throughout the municipality. For locations of these signs, please refer to the Casey Municipal Fire Management Plan.

CFA advertises the commencement of the fire danger period in local newspapers.

Total fire bans

A total fire ban day is declared by the CFA to reduce the likelihood of a fire starting and/or spreading on days when the weather is predicted to be extreme. The Total Fire Ban comes into force at midnight and lasts until the following midnight.

You must not light any fires, or allow them to remain alight, on days of total fire ban. This includes campfires or any barbecue fuelled by solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes.

Download more information regarding Total Fire Ban Districts.

To check if Central district has a total fire ban in force, visit the CFA website or call the Victorian Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

For general advice, and to find out more about what you can and can’t do on a total fire ban day, visit the CFA website.

Preparing to leave early plans for frail and elderly people

All Victorians should be prepared and ready to act if bushfire threatens. But some people may need help to prepare their fire plan and to leave early. 

They could be a relative or a member of your community who may need help leaving early on a high fire risk day. If you live in a high risk bushfire area, then on a Severe, Extreme or Code Red fire day your only safe option could be to leave early – especially if you're frail or elderly, have a physical disability, or have problems thinking clearly or acting quickly under stress. 

More information about people who need help planning to leave early - CFA.

Source: www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Total Fire Ban Districts

Victoria is divided into nine Fire Districts:

To check if Central district has a total fire ban in force, visit the CFA website or call the Victorian Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Current bushfire warnings - visit the CFA website

Community information guides

Community Information Guides - Bushfire (formerly known as Township Protection Plans) are a key source of information for the community and an important tool to emphasise the shared responsibility between the community, fire services and local government. For an updated version of your community's Community Information Guides, referencing the community preparedness guide, please click on the below CFA link CFA Community Information Guides.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

Every summer in Victoria, communities face the risk of bushfires. For residents of these areas, and for visitors, a comprehensive Bushfire Survival Plan is a vital tool for bushfire safety. 

Fires like those of Black Saturday 2009 are fast and unpredictable. They can impact on communities with little warning, leaving no time for residents to enact their survival plans. In some cases, the conditions may be so severe that even well made plans fail leaving people, who are now under extreme threat, in need of a place of last resort.

The idea of a place of last resort has resulted in some locations in high bushfire-risk areas being identified as Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP). These locations have been assessed by CFA and Council for their ability to provide some protection against radiant heat, one of the biggest killers in bushfires.

Despite the intense conditions likely to be experienced at a Neighbourhood Safer Place including strong winds, heat, noise, smoke and embers, they may provide some limited shelter to those under direct fire threat.

A full list of Neighbourhood Safer Places across the state is available from the CFA website - Neighbourhood Safer Places Search or by calling the Victorian Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Not all towns have a Neighbourhood Safer Place, and Council emphasises that where they do exist, they must only ever be considered as a place of last resort. 

Council encourages every resident to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and to practise it. If you live in a high-risk area, plan to leave the night before on days of code red catastrophic fire danger. On days of severe or extreme fire danger, plan to leave early in the morning and plan ahead about where you can go.

Whilst Neighbourhood Safer Places may provide some protection, they should only ever be a last resort for you and your family.

The safety or survival of those who gather at NSPs is not guaranteed.

City of Casey Neighbourhood Safer Places locations

In our community, Neighbourhood Safer Places are located at:

  • Blind Bight, Kestral Close & Petrel Close
  • Endeavour Hills, Barry Simon Reserve (NE Corner) 10 Gleneagles Drive
  • Junction Village, Recreation Reserve 1-3 Sherwood Rd
  • Lysterfield South, Council Road Reserve (Melbourne Water Retarding Basin) 98 Churchill Park Drive
  • Lysterfield South, Municipal Reserve Cnr Parkside Boulevard and Lake Park Court
  • Narre Warren North, Municipal Reserve 100 Crawley Road (opposite Jack Robbie Court)
  • Pearcedale, Recreation Reserve 720 Baxter-Tooradin Road (opposite Gracemere Court)

Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan

A copy of the City of Casey's can be found below by clicking below.

Municipal Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan

Burning Off

The City of Casey allows residents to apply for a permit to burn when the activity they wish to undertake is not permitted without approval of a permit.

You can access further information via these links burning off in the City of Casey and applying for a permit to burn off in the City of Casey.  

2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established to investigate the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in late January and February 2009.

Click here to visit the Bushfire Royal Commission Final Report.  

Office of the Emergency Management Commissioner

Click here to visit the Emergency Management Victoria for more bushfire management planning information.