- Wednesday, 1 November 2023 at 1:41 am
Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Conservation Regulator, and Parks Victoria are asking campers heading out to state parks and forests to brush up on their campfire safety rules before they leave home to help protect communities and the environment. Public land visitors wanting to use a campfire should prepare before lighting one by:
- learning how to build and maintain a safe campfire,
- knowing the specific rules at their campsite,
- checking weather conditions and Fire Danger Ratings, and
- having quick access to at least 10 litres of water.
Whether Victorians are camping for the whole weekend or just visiting for the day, it’s also their responsibility to clean up after themselves. All rubbish must be collected and taken home; not dumped or burned.
Off-road drivers and riders must have a valid licence and vehicle registration and stick to open, formed roads. Seasonal road closures on public land are still in force this long weekend and it is a serious offence to use them while closed. Visitors should check for any road or track closures before they leave home: mapshare.vic.gov.au/mapsharevic/
Visitors can brush up on their camping and campfire skills through Parks Victoria’s step-by-step online guides and video series: www.parks.vic.gov.au/where-to-stay/camping-for-beginners
Authorised Officers from all 3 agencies will be patrolling over the long weekend targeting unsafe and unattended campfires, illegal off-road vehicle use, and littering. Anyone caught doing the wrong thing faces fines ranging between $192 and $46,154.
For more information about rules in state forests, visit: www.vic.gov.au/rules-in-state-forests