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Facts of fire - Part 3 Spot fires

In todays instalment of the Facts of Fire series we are covering spot fires.

The term spot fire describes a fire ignited outside of a burning unit as a result of a windborne ember (sometimes referred to as a firebrand).

Spot fires can start new bushfires well ahead of the main fire front. In large fires, there’s the potential for many spot fires to start and quickly join together, blocking a safe escape.

Tomorrow we will be sharing part 4 which covers windspeed.

For more information about how to prepare your property for the risk of fire this summer visit

Make sure you have the VicEmergency app on your smart devices so you can get early warning of fire activity in your area.

Remember indecision and confusion during a fire could be a killer and on high-risk fire days, leaving early before a fire starts, is always the safest option.

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