One of Melbourne’s most popular national park walks, known as 1000 Steps, has been classified a high-danger fire zone with a total fire ban.
However, park goers don’t appear to be acknowledging the risks and danger associated with the park in the summer season, with approximately 70,000 people continuing to use the 1000 Steps located in upper Ferntree Gully each month.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) are urging people to educate themselves of the risks of entering excessively dry and overgrown walking tracks located in the bush, and to take advantage of information that is available to the public regarding fire safety alerts.
The CFA captain Matt Ahern feels the Fire Safety App should be better advertised to civilians as a concerning amount of people aren’t aware it exists, and it has the potential to save people’s lives.
“We have an app on the iTunes store which is constantly updated with fire warnings and areas to avoid, which is there for your own safety. The benefit of an App is its something a tourist can download to make themselves aware also,” said Mr Ahern.
The national park has been classified closed numerous times this year due to the extremely hot weather, labelling the area code red.
“People remain unaware – tourists in particular and the park is still brimming,” said Mr Ahern.
The fire warning app is available for free to download from the CFA website. – Holly Mason
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