Before planning any trips across the state Victorians are urged to monitor emergency warnings and have a back up plan, as the state enters bushfire season.
Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) Deputy Commissioner of Fire Safety, Michelle Young, said the FRV expects many Victorians to travel interstate as restrictions wind back and hopes people consider fire risks when planning their trips.
"I know Victorian's are very keen to holiday across our regions, but no trip is worth the risk of being caught up in a bushfire or grassfire," she said.
"Already this month, FRV and the CFA have responded to several large and dangerous grass fires that have spread quickly on windy days, including fires on the urban fringe."
Deputy Commissioner Young said that holiday makers should check the fire danger rating every day during summer, and never travel through or to areas on extreme or code red days.
"Download the VicEmergency app and set up watch zones for the locations you are visiting, and travelling through, so you will be notified of any fires starting."
"If there are any fires or emergency incidents at your destination or along your planned route, change or cancel your travel plans."
The statement comes after the CFA urged Wimmera farmers and rural landowners to clean up their properties ahead of the 2020 - 2021 bushfire season.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said that while this year's seasonal outlook indicated a lower threat of long-running bushfires than last years, grass fires remained a high risk across the state.
"Whether you're heading for the beach, bush or rivers and lakes, make sure you know what fire district you will be holidaying in - and which ones you will be passing through along the way," he said.
"Grass Fires can move at speeds of up to 25km per hour and jump highways, so stay alert and be aware of grass fires when you are travelling."
For more fire safety tips and to check the fire danger rating, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/staying-safe-when-you-travel.
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