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Burn-off escapes at Kyabram

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  2.38 PM 10 November, 2012

Location: District 20 News

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CFA is warning residents about the dangers of illegal burn-offs following a private burn-off which got out of control at Kyabram last night (9 Nov).

CFA was called to the grass fire in McEwen Road just after 9.30pm and found the owner’s burn-off had escaped and spread into stacked up piles of fruit boxes, pallets, plastic bags and wrappings.

The area burnt was about 100m x 50 metres in size and the amount of smoke produced prompted an Advice message which warned residents there was toxic smoke in the area.

Up to 50 firefighters battled the blaze which was under control by 11.30pm. There was no other property damage and no injuries.

EPA and police were also called to the scene.

District 20 Operations Officer John Cutting said people should know their council burn-off Local Laws and should respect those regulations.

“Restrictions are in place for a reason – to prevent fires from starting and to protect lives and property. Don’t underestimate the risk and penalties when burning-off outside those restrictions,” he said.

“This is also a timely reminder if you want to conduct a private burn-off, you need to ensure you have enough resources in place to keep it under control.

“The community should also be registering their burn-offs by calling 1800 668 511.

A few simple steps landowners must take when burning off:

  • Be aware of your council burn-off Local Laws;
  • Register the burn with CFA on 1800 668 511;
  • Check weather conditions;
  • Tell your neighbours when you plan to burn-off to avoid brigades being called out unnecessarily by a neighbour or passer-by;
  • Never leave a burn off unattended and;
  • Ensure water is nearby in case a burn-off escapes.

People should also leave a 3 metre fire break, free of flammable materials around any burn-off.

If your burn-off does get out of control please call ‘000’ immediately.

For more information about burning-off, check

CFA trucks that attended this fire were from Kyabram, Girgarre, Echuca, Timmering, Wyuna, Yambuna, Undera, Cooma, Merrigum and Tongala.

Last Updated: 11 November 2012