VICTORIA will enter another bushfire season with no new fire refuges nearly four years after the horrific Black Saturday blazes.
The state has one registered community fire refuge in an old gold mining tunnel at Woods Point, northeast of Melbourne, where people took shelter during the Black Friday fires in 1939.
This year's fire danger period is already under way in some areas, including Colac and Mildura, and will officially begin on a rolling basis in other areas depending on local conditions.
But, apart from Woods Point, there are only three trial fire refuges that are still not ready.
Launching Fire Action Week today, Bushfire Response Minister Peter Ryan says the modifications won't be finished until late January or early February next year.
The establishment of community fire refuges was one of 67 recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday fires, which killed 173 people.