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Campfire warning over long weekend
DEPI Chief Fire Officer Alan Goodwin has warned that small campfires can quickly turn into large bushfires even in the moderate weather conditions forecast for this long weekend.
[State Control Centre media release]
Mr Goodwin said it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure bushfires don’t start and put firefighters under more pressure during what has already been a difficult bushfire season.
“We understand that having a campfire to cook on or sit around is an enjoyable part of the camping experience and we don’t want to stop people from having them, but there are some simple precautions that people need to take before and after they light up,” he said.
- the fire is lit in a properly constructed fireplace or in a trench at least 30cm deep
- where a fireplace is provided, this must be used
- the dimensions of the solid fuel are the minimum necessary for the purpose
- the fire does not occupy an area exceeding 1 square metre
- the ground and airspace within a distance of 3 meters from the outer perimeter and upper most point of the fire are clear of flammable material
- the dimensions of the solid fuel used are the minimum necessary for the purpose.
Mr Goodwin said restrictions apply to having campfires and barbeques in Victoria.
“These restrictions are important to reduce the chance of a bushfire that could result in loss of life and property. They are actively enforced,” he said.
Fire restrictions for campfires and barbeques vary depending on the fire risk on a particular day or time of year, and whether the activity is on public or private land.
It’s important to check local conditions and have access to more than one source of fire information. Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV, phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, visit emergency.vic.gov.au, download the FireReady App and use CFA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Full information and advice on the safe use of campfires or barbecues in the open air is available on the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) website.