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More than 50 fires escape from private burn offs

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  3.10 PM 25 September, 2017


Location: General

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Over the weekend, windy conditions saw more than 50 fires escape from private burn offs across the state.

CFA State Duty Officer Craig Brownlie said that while it’s important we start to prepare our properties for the fire season ahead, only do so when conditions are right.

“It’s important to only burn off when the conditions are right and to check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and for a few days afterwards,” Craig said.

“Residents should refrain from burning off on days when hot and windy conditions are forecast.

“It’s essential to ensure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.

“Never leave a burn-off unattended as it’s the resident’s responsibility to ensure that it does not get out of control.

“If a burn off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire, and remember never to be complacent.”

It is also important to check with your local council before lighting up, local laws on burn-offs can apply year-round.

It is important for residents to register all burn-offs with ESTA on 1800 668 511.

For more information about burning off, check:

http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/burning-off/

Last Updated: 26 September 2017