THIS week has provided the first real windy and warm days of the spring, which is why it is a perfect time to make sure your fire plans are ready.
As we've seen in northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland, it doesn't matter what time of the year it is, fires can strike anywhere and at anytime.
Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said while it had been cold and wet in some parts of the state throughout winter, particularly around Ballarat, families and communities should still be deep into preparations ahead of summer.
"What is the plan you are putting in place for yourself, your family, pets and stock? As part of your plan, think about the clear triggers and when you will enact your plan," he said.
"The other piece is good information will always lead to good decisions. Victorians need to know how they can access good information - through the VicEmergency app, social media including Facebook and Twitter, and through emergency broadcasters.
Mr Crisp said the seasonal outlook suggests that Victoria would have a normal fire season, however in East and West Gippsland, and up above the Great Dividing Range, conditions are dryer than normal.
"Similar to last year, we know that Gippsland will again be a focus for us," he said.
"Fire restrictions will come into place in East Gippsland Shire from September 23, and that's the second earliest they have come into effect."
Fire restriction dates for the south and western regions of the state are yet to be finalised.
"While we are facing similar conditions to last year in East Gippsland, it's important for all Victorians to be aware that fires can happen anywhere and without warning," Mr Crisp said.
Stay up-to-date with emergency warnings throughout the fire season by tuning into ABC local radio, phoning the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226 or visit emergency.vic.gov.au
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