CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington reminded residents to register their burn-off and check the local conditions on the day.
Fire restrictions are in place in East Gippsland Shire, and due to come into effect across municipalities in the North West over coming weeks.
“We encourage residents to take advantage of the window of opportunity to clean up their properties before the bushfire season, but we’re also reminding people to always register their burn-offs so we know what is happening in the area, especially if brigades are being called to fires,” Mr Warrington said.
“It reduces the chances of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area.”
As the weather heats up and with wind forecast for Sunday, CFA also urges residents to be aware of weather conditions along with council Local Laws.
“The effects of an out-of-control fire can be devastating,” Mr Warrington said.
“Even if you have registered your burn, conditions can change quickly and fires can get out of control within minutes in hot and windy conditions,” he said.
He added that people should 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 does get out of control, call ‘000’ immediately. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire, and never be complacent.”
Keep your burn-off safe and legal:
- Check fire restrictions with your local council and register your burn on 1800 668 511
- Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind
- To avoid unnecessary calls to emergency services, notify your neighbours beforehand
- Leave a three-metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn
- Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading
- Never leave a burn-off unattended – stay for its entire duration
- If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately
- Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving; if it's cool to touch, it's safe to leave.
For more information about burning off, go to cfa.vic.gov.au/burnoff
For more information about fire restrictions, go to: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/restrictions-during-the-fire-danger-period