Fire restrictions are ending across all of North East Victoria in the coming fortnight.
The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will finish at 1.00am on 3, April in the following municipalities in CFA’s District 22 and 23:
- Shire of Moira
- Shire of Strathbogie
- Greater City of Shepparton
- Rural City of Wangaratta
- Benalla Rural City
- Mansfield Shire Council
- Mount Buller Alpine Resort
The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will also finish at 1.00am on 11, April in the following municipalities in CFA’s District 12 and 13:
- Mitchell Shire
- Shire of Murrindindi
- Yarra Ranges Council*
- Knox City Council*
- Manningham Council*
- Maroondah Council*
*Those portions not included in the area formerly known as the Metropolitan Fire District as at 30 June 2020.
While restrictions are lifting in these areas, CFA still expects the grassfire risk to remain across the state in the coming months so Victorians need to remain alert and prepared.
CFA North East Deputy Chief Officer Ross Sullivan said completion of harvest and more moderate weather conditions in the area has decreased fire risk, posing an appropriate opportunity to remove fire restrictions.
“Due to the cool, damp weather conditions we’re currently experiencing through Autumn, and following consultation with our partner agencies, we feel it’s the right time to end the fire danger periods in these regions,” he said.
“It is, however, still possible for fires to start and cause significant damage, so landowners should continue to remain vigilant and assess conditions ahead of fire use.
“We’re urging everyone to stay safe, whether you’re living in or travelling to high bushfire risk areas.
“Please monitor the conditions on hot, dry and windy days, as we may still see some days of elevated fire risk.”
The end of the Fire Danger Period (FDP) will be an opportunity for some landowners to burn-off again, however it’s important that residents check that local conditions are safe before undertaking these activities.
“You must register your burn-offs, check the weather forecast and follow local council laws and regulations,” DCO Sullivan said.
“Registering your burn-off ensures that if smoke or fire is reported, the incident is cross-checked with our register, which prevents firefighters from unnecessarily responding.
“When conducting burn-offs, remain alert and always have resources on hand to extinguish the fire.
Landowners can register their burn-off online at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au or call 1800 668 511.
If possible, landowners should also notify their neighbours and others nearby who may be sensitive to smoke so they can take necessary precautions.
Tips for looking after your health when there is smoke can be found on EPA’s website.
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.
- Tips for looking after your health when there is smoke can be found on EPA’s website.