Keep campfires safe in Gippsland these holidays
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) has launched a campaign to remind campers in Gippsland to follow the rules when it comes to campfire safety.
Gippsland’s Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kelly Rash said: “We want to keep reducing the number of fires caused by neglected campfires. Our message to campers is clear - Don’t let your campfire become a bushfire this summer.”
“Last year we found 127 unattended or abandoned campfires in the region,” Ms Rash said.
“We want people to get out there and enjoy themselves but make campfire safety a priority for their trip. The key to this is understanding what they can and can’t do.
“About 10 per cent of all bushfires are caused by campfire negligence, and this is placing the community and firefighters at risk. It also potentially damages the environment, affects industry and recreational users of our public land and parks.
“Significant time, personnel and resources are used every time we respond to a fire. When campfires escape that could have been prevented by following a simple set of rules, it’s very frustrating.