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Smoke visible in Ballarat area

Residents around Ballarat might see smoke in the air tomorrow afternoon while CFA crews carry out a planned burn at Victoria Park in Newington.

 1.25 PM 18 February, 2016

Walkathon enhances CFA and community safety

Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School (Woodbridge Boarding house) organised a walkathon in Halloween theme to support local CFA brigades to enhance community safety and assist with the purchase of operational equipment.

 12.03 PM 17 February, 2016

Small town brigade making big waves with PAVS

The Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) has delivered some unexpected outcomes for the Wairewa Fire Brigade and positive benefits for the community in South East Region.

 10.59 AM 16 February, 2016

PAVS along the Great Ocean Road

Backing up the year-in, year-out work done by Wye River Fire Brigade, among others, to ensure its community is well informed about risk, is the Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) team. Like other Victorian PAVS teams, they target towns on Level One of the Victorian Fire Risk Register where all houses are doorknocked.

 1.25 PM 12 February, 2016

Community Safety continues to support District 2

Continuing on from the numerous Fire Ready Victoria Meetings and community engagement at local events, from the start of February a series of Fire Ready Victoria street meetings were conducted around the Castlemaine and Campbells Creek areas.

 12.05 PM 12 February, 2016

Burn off at South Morang

South Morang Fire Brigade conducted a burn-off to ease the grass fire risk.

 3.43 PM 10 February, 2016

D8 brigades get into PAVS

Late last year, Upper Beaconsfield brigade hosted a Property Advice Visit Service training session with other local brigades in attendance.

 4.52 PM 1 February, 2016

Total Fire Bans declared due to severe fire risk

Total Fire Bans have been declared in all districts except East Gippsland tomorrow (Tuesday) as fire authorities across the state ready themselves for another hot and windy day.

 5.42 PM 18 January, 2016

Community supports bushfire safety meetings

Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade ran a bushfire community meeting at Koolunga Native Reserve on Sunday morning January 17.

 10.01 AM 18 January, 2016

Total Fire Bans for Central & South West

CFA has declared Total Fire Bans for Monday, January 18 2016 in the South West and Central districts.

 5.53 PM 17 January, 2016

Building relationships, building resilience

Eight CFA brigades (crossing three groups) from District 6 joined forces with SES in November last year to host a multi-brigade Open Day.

 11.18 AM 7 January, 2016

Zero tolerance for illegal fireworks

Illegal fireworks continue to be an unnecessary burden on emergency services as crews attended to a number of incidents on New Year’s Eve despite, being a day of Total Fire Ban.

 1.48 PM 5 January, 2016

Total Fire Bans declared across five regions

Total Fire Bans have been declared for New Year’s Eve in the South-West , Central, West and South Gippsland, North Central and Wimmera regions.

 5.17 PM 30 December, 2015

New Year's evacuations

A Recommendation to Evacuate will be enacted on Thursday 31 December at 10am for Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra due to the hot and windy forecast that could impact the current Lorne fires. 

 12.51 PM 30 December, 2015

Community spirit high in Wye

On Christmas morning, Wye River Fire Brigade Captain Roy Moriarty held a meeting to review and confirm the town’s fire plan – a plan developed by locals that would eventually save the lives of hundreds of community members and visitors to the area.

 4.01 PM 28 December, 2015

Illegal fireworks spark warning

Victorians are being urged to rethink New Year’s Eve plans involving illegal fireworks, or risk facing fines of thousands of dollars.

 11.17 AM 28 December, 2015

Lorne fires update Thursday 24 Dec

There is no threat to communities at the moment, but it's important for communities surrounding Jamison Track to remain vigilant over the Christmas period when a wind change is expected late Friday 25 December.

 9.36 AM 24 December, 2015

Smoke over the Great Ocean Rd, Lorne and surrounds

Lorne, Camperdown, Cobden, Cobrico and surrounding areas are experiencing significant smoke activity due to fires burning west of Lorne.

 4.23 PM 23 December, 2015

Hot weekend weather put Victorians to the test

The state experienced an extended period of extreme heat and fire danger over the weekend, with fire services responding to more than 600 incidents. 

 5.44 PM 21 December, 2015

Extreme conditions prompt heat and fire warning

As Victoria braces for another two days of extreme heat, fire and health authorities are calling on communities to put health and safety first in the lead up to Christmas.

 5.14 PM 18 December, 2015