Latest emergency information
For emergency information, please visit the VicEmergency website.
To stay aware of local fire conditions you can also:
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226
- Listen to regular fire updates from an official emergency broadcaster found on the Emergency Management Victoria website
- Follow VicEmergency on Twitter or Facebook
- View more information about planned burns on public land
- Download the VicEmergency app from iTunes for Apple users and Google store for Android users
How to contact VicEmergency Hotline
by calling 1800 226 226
by contacting the National Relay Service – if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment
by contacting the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450
When to contact VicEmergency Hotline
by phone between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
by phone at other times and days – during and after significant bushfires
for recorded information on specific topics – at any time.
To report a fire, at any time, call the emergency services number Triple Zero (000).
What VicEmergency Hotline can help with
warnings, bushfires and incidents
whether smoke is coming from a bushfire or planned burn
current fire danger ratings – and what they mean
total fire bans and fire restrictions – what you can and can't do
You can also call VicEmergency Hotline to find out about:
- preparing and planning for bushfire
- planned burns
- bushfire safety
- bushfire management on public land
- community meeting information
- emergency relief centre location details
- Neighbourhood Safer Place location details
- financial assistance after a bushfire, fences and control lines, and essential water
- annual DEPI fire planning and community consultation
Fire restrictions and regulations
DELWP strictly enforces penalties for failing to adhere to fire restrictions and fire regulations.
Fire regulation penalties relate to inappropriate, negligent or reckless use of fire or equipment while fire restrictions apply to activities that may cause bushfire.
To find out about restrictions that apply to you, visit the CFA website.
The rules governing fire restrictions are in the Forests Act 1958, Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014, Safety on Public Land Act 2004, National Parks Act 1975 and Country Fire Authority Act 1958, and are available at the Victorian legislation website.
Page last updated: 09/09/19