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Bushfires and grassfires can start quickly, often without warning and can threaten lives and properties within minutes. The information on this page and the Victorian State Government website can help you plan and be ready to respond.
Fire prevention during Summer
Total Fire Ban days
Total Fire Ban days are declared by the CFA (Country Fire Authority) to reduce the likelihood of a fire starting 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 during the ban period. This includes campfires or any barbecues fuelled by solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes. Find out what you can and can't do during a total fire ban.
Find out if a total fire ban is in force
The City of Casey is part of the Central Fire district. All of Victoria is divided into 9 fire districts.
To check if the Central district has a total fire ban:
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 Emergency Management Plan.
Apply to burn-off
City of Casey issues Permits to Burn to residents on properties 4,000 square metres or larger to prepare the property for the coming fire season such as removing dead vegetation or for agricultural purposes such as stubble burning after harvest. For more information and to apply for a permit, visit Apply to burn-off.
If you believe someone is lighting an illegal or dangerous fire, you can report smoke or illegal burning.
Neighbourhood Safer Places (Bushfire Place of Last Resort)
Some locations in high bushfire-risk areas have been identified as either Neighbourhood Safer Places or Bushfire Places of Last Resort. These locations have been assessed by CFA (Country Fire Authority) 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 including strong winds, heat, noise, smoke and embers, these locations may provide some limited shelter to those under direct fire threat.
Locations in Casey
- 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)
Find a full list of locations around Victoria on the CFA website.
We encourage you 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 is not guaranteed.
For more information, visit the Bushfire Place of Last Resort Plan.
Bushfire Resilience Inc. is an independent community led organisation who help Victorian's living in fire prone areas learn about bushfire safety and preparedness. The members of Bushfire Resilience Inc live in communities at risk of bushfire, mainly from the Shire of Nillumbik. They develop free webinars to provide community members information in the lead up to summer. To learn more visit bushfireresilience.org.au