Extreme Fire Danger Rating declared for Wednesday 28 February 2024

Published on 27 February 2024

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An Extreme Fire Danger rating and Total Fire Ban has been declared for Wednesday 28 February 2024 for the Surf Coast Shire.


Fire danger is predicted to be extreme in the Surf Coast (Central) region and catastrophic in the west of the state. A Total Fire Ban has been declared.

  • These conditions mean fires will spread quickly and become dangerous
  • Now is the time to enact your Bushfire Survival Plan – The safest option is leaving high risk areas the day before or early in the morning before weather conditions deteriorate.
  • Relocate to areas of lower risk in larger townships such as Torquay or Geelong.
  • Reconsider unnecessary travel – avoiding high risk areas tomorrow.

Take 10 minutes to review or create your Bushfire Survival Plan

For the latest information download the VicEmergency App or call 1800 226 226.

Here are some service changes/closures to note:

Schools and kindergartens:

Based on Department of Education advice:

  • Kinders in Anglesea and Jan Juc will close.
  • Kinders in Torquay will remain open.

Waste collection

  • Anglesea landfill and waste transfer station will close by 10am.
  • Lorne transfer station will be closed.
  • Kerbside bin collection services will run from 5-10am.
  • Street litter collection will run from 6-10am.

Visitor Information Centres

  • The Lorne and Anglesea Visitor Information Centres will be closed.
  • A remote service will be offered by the Torquay Visitor Information Centre, which will remain open.

Library services

  • No mobile library services will operate in the area.
  • Torquay Library will remain open and is also identified as a facility available for those wanting to escape the heat as part of the Surf Coast Heat Plan. 


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