Local councils have had an influx of Melbourne-based people inquiring about coming to regional Victoria to undertake fire prevention work at their properties.
As of today, metropolitan Melbourne residents can travel into regional Victoria for fire preparedness activities at their second properties.
They must have written, formal approval or a fire prevention notice from the council their second property is located in and can only stay for 72 hours.
City of Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Shire Council said they had received a number of inquiries regarding people wanting to maintain their second properties.
Bendigo council chief executive Craig Niemann said Melbourne visitors must adhere to metropolitan restrictions including not dining out or access beauty services.
"The city has received several enquiries since Sunday, so are working to process them as quickly as possible," he said.
"Anyone who receives a Fire Prevention Notice or a letter of support will have 72 hours from the time they leave their primary residence to attend their secondary property, undertake the works and return to Melbourne. It is not an excuse to travel back and forth multiple times.
"(We) strongly encourage property owners to get local contractors to complete this work.
"However, if they do elect to do the work themselves, the letter of support will outline who is allowed to travel. A group of friends is not able to have a weekend away and help with the clean-up.
Mr Niemann said council staff inspect up to 3000 properties each season.
"The City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking property inspections and issuing fire prevention notices where necessary," he said.
"We ask that anyone who travels from Melbourne ensure that they are feeling well and not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms."
Macedon Ranges Shire planning and environment director Angela Hughes said they expected a number of enquiries following recent rainfall.
"We have had interest from metropolitan based land owners to visit their regional property for fire prevention work," she said.
"Council waits until the CFA declares the 'start' of the fire season, before undertaking the fire prevention notice process.
"This process includes officers visiting each property to ascertain whether a fire prevention notice needs to be issued or not. Notices are issued where prevention work is required."
Macedon Ranges also has plans to slash grass on more than 850 kilometres of roadside in the lead up to summer.
"Council is due to commence slashing (for fire preparation) in the first week in November," Ms Hughes said. "(We) seek assistance from the CFA in identifying roads for slashing and focuses on high use roads, bus routes, main roads and roads that provide egress in the case of an emergency."
Police and emergency services minister Lisa launched Fire Action Week encouraging people to prepare their properties.
Ms Neville said fire and rescue agencies have started their planned burns and fuel reduction preparations under a COVIDSafe plan.
"Our emergency management services have started their preparations,so now it's up to all Victorians to understand their local fire risk and develop a fire plan," she said.