16 Aug 2009

Victoria bushfire report out on Monday

5:08 pm on 16 August 2009

Sirens, refuges and changes to the "stay or go" policy could be included in a report out on Monday on how to prevent another Victorian bushfire disaster like Black Saturday.

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission will hand down its interim report on the devastating 7 February fires that killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2000 properties.

The report will be a key indicator for Victorian authorities to implement changes to the way it manages major bushfires before the next fire season, which is just nine weeks away.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has said the upcoming bushfire season promises fire conditions even worse than those on Black Saturday.