Bushfire driving safety
What to do if you’re caught in a bushfire while on the road.
As Australia’s bushfire, grassfire and wildfire threat has increased over recent decades, dozens of motorists have perished trying to flee the flames.
When Victoria ignited on Black Saturday, 7 February, 2009, fires across the state claimed 180 lives including 11 people who died in cars, five near vehicles, six in garages and five on roads.
The Country Fire Authority’s deputy chief officer Alen Slijepcevic says “fire weather”, or the conditions likely to cause fires, had increased across the nation, especially in south-east Australia, over the past 20 years.