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Fire and Fire Management

Knox Municipal Fire Management Plan

Bushfires are an intrinsic part of Victoria's landscape. We all need to learn from the experiences of major bushfires and improve the way we prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from fires.

The Knox Municipal Fire Management Plan, prepared by the Knox Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee, reflects the shared responsibilities of government, fire agencies and communities. It demonstrates a collaborative approach between the responsible agencies and covers both public and private lands.

In this plan, approaches to fire management are framed by the assessment of risk. This includes an analysis of the fire risks and identification of options for positive change. It places greater emphasis on addressing underlying causes and seeking long-term, sustainable solutions that incorporate the four essential elements of Emergency Management of planning, preparedness, response and recovery.

Download the Knox Municipal Fire Management Plan 2015-2018 (PDF 1.4mb)

For more information on this plan, please contact the Emergency Management Team on 9298 8000.

Declared Fire Danger Ratings

Fire Danger Rating sign

Every day during the fire season the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasts an outlook of the fire danger by the predicted weather including: temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and dryness of vegetation.

The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) for each weather district is then forecast by BoM in consultation with fire agencies. The higher the rating the more dangerous the fire conditions are. A ‘Code Red’ Fire Danger Rating is the worst conditions for bushfire. If the Country Fire Authority (CFA) declare a Code Red Fire danger rating day this will have significant impact on our community as they prepare and take actions against the threat of a bushfire.

How will Council be involved?

Council's Emergency Management Team works with all areas of Council to carefully plan and prepare for declared fire danger ratings above 'very high'. Council service arrangements are reviewed and information will be provided to the community on:

  • Any early year service closures;
  • Any of Council’s services that may be impacted due to the heat;
  • Heatwave information; and
  • Managing your pets in the heat.

Fire Danger Period and Total Fire Ban Days

Know your total fire ban district

Victoria is divided into five Total Fire Ban districts and a day of Total Fire Ban is only declared in the districts where hazardous conditions prevail. The Chief Officer of CFA can declare a Total Fire Ban in one district or all districts and does so to reduce the likelihood of fire starting on these days.

The City of Knox is in the Central Total Fire Ban District. For more information on this and other Districts, visit the CFA's Fire Ban Districts page.

Fire Danger Period

The summer 2017/18 Fire Danger Period has ended, ending on 30 April 2018 for Region 13 (which includes Knox).

Permits to Burn Off

Permits to burn are only issued for genuine fire hazard reduction purposes, and when there is no other practical way to dispose of the material. For information on permits to burn, visit our Burning Off page or contact the Emergency Management Team on 9298 8000. Knox City Council do not issue permits to burn during the Fire Danger Period.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) are places of last resort that might offer minimal safety during the passage of a bushfire. For an area to be designated as a Neighbourhood Safer Place – place of last resort – it must be assessed by CFA and meet 'Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort Plan' criteria to ensure that the designated place can offer safe passage and appropriate protection.

Based on this criteria, no Neighbourhood Safer Places – Places of Last Resort – have been identified in the bushfire risk areas of Knox. Council’s resolution of 27 July 2010 included:

  • That Council adopts the amended Knox City Council Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) – Places of Last Resort Plan; and
  • That Council endorse the findings of the Knox City Council Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee, Neighbourhood Safer Places Sub-Committee that the risk involved in people staying in the bushfire risk area and within the Knox City Council Bushfire Risk Area (KCC – BFRA) is greater than leaving the area and travelling to a nearby urban area and therefore assessment and designation of an NSP is not warranted within the Knox Municipality.

Download the Neighbourhood Safer Places Plan (PDF 0.3mb).

Further information regarding this plan can be obtained by contacting the Emergency Management Team on 9298 8000.

Community Information Guides

Community Information Guides have been developed for identified high risk bushfire locations.

The Community Information Guides for your community provides important direction and information for communities to assist with planning before, during and after a fire. CFA advises that everyone should have a written Bushfire Survival Plan. For more information and to develop your plan, attend a community meeting in your area or see the FireReady Kit, visit the CFA website

CFA Community Information Guides are available for the following areas:

VicEmergency Hotline

Phone 1800 226 226

The VicEmergency Hotline provides information regarding Total Fire Bans, Fire Restrictions and Parks/DELWP prescribed burns, and to provide bushfire preparedness information (brochures and resources) to the community (see below).

Significant events and major fires

Access to this current fire information will greatly assist residents in knowing when to activate their individual bushfire plans that must be prepared prior to high-risk days.

Call takers have access to current fire information directly supplied from Fire Controllers in the field and are also trained to provide advice on appropriate actions to take during a bushfire.

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