While local CFA volunteers will again do their bit for communities, COVID restrictions may reduce the size of the force available to fight fires this summer.
Koroit CFA captain Steve Giblin explained the border rules connected with the pandemic may have an impact.
"Usually we can call on the guys from New South Wales and South Australia, and them on us, if there are really big fires," Mr Giblin said.
"But with the border restrictions due to COVID this year that may not be possible, depending on what is happening at the time."
To reduce the risk of those big fire events, Mr Giblin is urging south-west residents to use some of their COVID down-time to ensure their properties are prepared for the upcoming fire season.
"I'd be encouraging everyone if you have a pile around the yard to get rid of it," Mr Giblin said.
"It's a good chance to check with the neighbours and make sure the conditions are right and have a burn off.
"It's always good to get in early to get your place in a safe state before summer."
Mr Giblin said predictions were for a wet spring, similar to what took place in 2020.
He said this would promote heavy grass growth, which will put grass-fires on the top of the list of most likely fire events in late spring and early summer.
CFA crews across the region are busy ensuring they are ready for the summer season ahead.
"We have certainly stepped up our pre-season preparations and training," Mr Giblin said.
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