The fire danger period (FDP) will finish at 1am on Tuesday 10 March in the following municipalities in CFA District 13:
District 13 Operations Manager David Renkin emphasised that although the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is important to remain vigilant.
OM Renkin stated that fire restrictions are still in force until 1.00am on 10 March and that a zero tolerance policy will continue to be enforced for those people responsible for illegal fires.
“Residents that wish to conduct burn-offs on their private properties need to follow some basic rules; register your burn-offs first and foremost, check weather conditions and monitor the wind, and follow local council laws and regulations.”
OM Renkin also highlighted the need for landowners to openly communicate with authorities and neighbours.
“As well as registering your burn-offs with ESTA, you need to alert your neighbours to the fact that they may see smoke on the set dates.”
“CFA crews have been extremely busy this fire season and would like to avoid having to respond to false alarms because people are not registering their burn-offs.
“By registering your burn-off, when somebody reports that they’ve spotted smoke, the incident will be cross-checked with the burn-off register and prevent a CFA crew from having to respond to a false alarm that takes them away from family, friends, work and other potential emergencies.”
Landowners can register their burn-off with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing email@example.com.
Whether registering a burn-off by phone or email, people should be prepared to give some basic information including location, date, expected start and finish times, estimated size, and what they intend to burn.
“The burn-off line is very easy to use - the operators are friendly, and prompt you by asking the key questions,” OM Renkin said. “When conducting burn-offs, remain alert and always have resources on hand to extinguish the fire.”
Keep your burn off safe and legal:
• Check fire restrictions in your area and always register your burn
• Check and monitor weather conditions - particularly wind
• Warn your neighbours beforehand that there will be smoke in the air
• Stay in attendance the whole time your burn is going
• Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading