Be prepared for a fire outbreak: CFA

RESIDENTS should be ready for the possibility of a fire outbreak as the region gears up for its hottest period yet. 

Country Fire Authority operations manager Alfred Mason said fire services were prepared for the dangerous weather. 

“I think Tuesday and Friday are the baddest days for the week,” he said. 

“If they (residents) haven’t and they have the ability to, they need to download the Fire Ready app.”

Mr Mason said it was important residents knew what fire district they were in, which could be found online.

“Even if you are on holidays, it is important you know where you are,” he said. 

“What I would like people to do is, even if they are at home or travelling, they have to discuss what would they do if they had to leave.” 

It is also important to tell others what your plan is, according to Mr Mason. 

“We have had fatalities where people have gone around roadblocks and things to find someone and there is no one home,” he said. 

“We want people to have a plan and tell their families and their neighbours what that plan is.” 

Mr Mason said residents could also call the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667 if they saw smoke and were concerned about a fire in their area. 

A fire broke out at Waterloo over the weekend, around eight kilometres north of Beaufort. 

The fire burnt about 10 hectares but was under control yesterday.

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