ALMOST 300 fire brigades from across Victoria are set to take part in the second annual "CFA Sunday" this month.The state-wide event, to take place on November 25, would allow Victorians to learn about fire safety, preparation, planning and volunteering direct from firefighters, CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to get information and advice straight from the local experts on how to keep your family and home safe this summer," he said.
CFA Sunday would also be a chance to recognise the "around the clock" work being done by the Victoria's 60,000 volunteer and career firefighters to protect communities, Mr Ferguson said.
Fire training demonstrations, activities and a sausage sizzle will also be on offer during the free event.
Fire authorities have warned that consecutive wet summers had significantly increased the risk of grassfire this summer, fuelling grass growth across Victoria which, when dried, could easily ignite.
Victorian Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said while the state was likely to have rain this month, delaying immediate fire danger, a heat spell was all it would take to turn grassland into fuel.
Predictions this season's conditions could be Black Saturday-like were exaggerated, Mr Lapsley said, but this shouldn't lead to complacency.
Forecast higher than average temperatures over summer, combined with wind, could create "a recipe for fire'', he said.
Those in grassland areas in the state's west, centre and north of the Great Divide were at greatest risk and urged to clear their properties of as much wisp and cut grass as possible.
"There will be a fire season in January and February this year, without a doubt,'' Mr Lapsley said.
CFA Sunday is part of Fire Action Week, running from November 18 to 25.
Visit cfa.vic.gov.au/cfasunday to find out if your local brigade is taking part.