Australia — ELECTRONIC signs displaying fire safety information will be installed along the Calder Freeway near Gisborne and in the Macedon Ranges to alert people of impending danger.
The state government will roll out the signs at 26 locations in Victorias high-risk bushfire areas this summer as part of a $300,000 pilot project.
The Calder Freeway sign will be a fixed Fire Danger Rating sign, which can be remotely updated and checked to ensure it is operating correctly.
The government is erecting the fixed signs in Ferntree Gully, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South, Templestowe, Rosebud, Wodonga, Kalkallo, Ballan, Ouyen, Genoa, Moe, Lillimur and Geelong.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said the new signs would help travellers and communities make informed decisions about fire safety during the Christmas and summer holidays.
Under the pilot 14 fixed signs will be placed in hard-to-access locations in high-risk areas and clearly display fire danger ratings from low to moderate fire risk through to code red, based upon fire weather forecasts, Mr Ryan said.
The new signs will use the latest technology including motorised or electronic indicator arrows and LED signs featuring illuminated, variable messages.
Twelve trailer-based LED signs will be displayed in tourist destinations such as the Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges, Macedon Ranges, Gippsland and the Otways.
The mobile signs will provide high-impact, visible fire safety messages to motorists, holiday-
makers and visitors, many of whom may be unfamiliar with local fire risks.
The signs will gradually be installed in coming weeks, with the official trial of the fixed signs to start on December 1 and mobile signs on December 20.