19 Aug 2009

Victoria works on bushfire plans for at-risk towns

12:00 pm on 19 August 2009

Fire authorities in the Australian state of Victoria are developing plans tailored specifically to 52 towns considered vulnerable to bushfires this summer.

On Tuesday, the Bushfires Royal Commission issued its interim report on Victoria's Black Saturday fires, which killed 173 people in February.

The Victorian government says the township protection plans will relate to centres in areas between Bendigo and Ballarat and in far east Gippsland.

State Premier John Brumby says specific attention must be given to those regions.

Mr Brumby says bushfire conditions for the forthcoming summer could be even worse than those that led to the Black Saturday firestorms.