Victorians are being reminded to plan ahead when travelling through high-risk bushfire areas, especially during days of extreme conditions.
RACV general manager Mark Geraghty said people planning to drive in rural and regional Victoria need to take steps to protect themselves.
‘‘After a wetter-than-average spring, there is a lot of vegetation that poses a significant bushfire risk across all areas of Victoria as the weather heats up,’’ he said.
‘‘While it is safest to stay away from high-risk areas, if you have to travel, it is critical to be aware of where community fire refuges and neighbourhood safer places, places of last resort are located, and how to seek shelter in a building or vehicle if you are caught in a bushfire.’’
He encouraged people to make use of the CFA’s resources to find out about fire danger ratings and to download the new, free VicEmergency app.
More information about how to prepare for and survive a bushfire is available online at cfa.vic.gov.au or phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800226226.