In areas of bushfire risk, a fire plan is how an individual (or family) proposes to respond to a fire threat. The options are generally leave early or stay and fight the fire. In the case of leaving, one should be aware of alternate routes as bushfires often bring down trees and power poles across roads. If defending, all necessary equipment should be on hand and ready for use.
"The Emergency Services Minister, Bob Cameron, says people need to activate their fire plans. 'We need them to activate them early, because the last thing we want is a lot of panic and a lot of people out on the roads and the roads becoming congested, because that with the fire event coming, is the worst place to be,' he said."