Latest emergency information

For emergency information, please visit the VicEmergency website.

To stay aware of local fire conditions you can also:

VicEmergency Hotline

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.

Total Fire Ban (TFB) Permits Application Forms

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