With fire restrictions now ended in all areas of Victoria, CFA is urging residents across the state to exercise extreme caution when burning off.
Since the first Fire Danger Period (FDP) lifted on 15 March to the final FDP ending in Glenelg Shire on Monday, CFA has responded to more than 120 escaped burn-offs.
CFA volunteers have also attended 35 reignitions from previous burn-offs which were not extinguished properly.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan warned Victorians to not to add to those statistics.
“We are seeing a large number of escaped burn-offs across the state which could have been avoided,” he said.
“Despite restrictions ending, it is still important for residents check local conditions on the day of any burn-off they are considering undertaking.
“It is also vital that people register their burn-offs as they can get out of control easily with a simple wind change.
“Make sure the fire is extinguished with water before you leave it and never leave a fire unattended.
CO Heffernan said it is important to register all burn-offs so authorities know what is happening in the area.
Landowners can register their burn-off by using the Fire Permits Victoria website (firepermits.vic.gov.au), or notifying the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We ask that landowners register burn-offs to help reduce the risk of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area,” CO Heffernan said.
“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 in your area and always register your burn at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au.
- 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.