The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will finish in CFA’s District 07 over the coming weeks.
The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will finish at 1.00am on Monday, 4 April in the following municipalities:
- Borough of Queenscliffe
- City of Greater Geelong
- Surf Coast Shire
According to the latest Australian Seasonal Outlook, higher rainfall totals have resulted in below average fire conditions, with reduced fire activity in both grasslands and forests this summer.
Much of Victoria will continue to experience average rainfall over the coming months, however temperatures are predicted to be warmer than normal, particularly in the western parts of the state.
CFA District Assistant Chief Fire Officer Brendan Lawson said despite the recent rainfall, grassland fire danger can continue to be high on hot windy days and encouraged people to exercise extreme caution once restrictions are lifted.
“All burning off must be conducted in compliance with municipal local laws,” he said.
ACFO Lawson emphasised that while the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is still important to remain vigilant.
“We’re urging everyone to stay safe, whether you’re living in or travelling to high bushfire risk areas,” he said.
“Please monitor the conditions on hot, dry and windy days, as we may still see some days of elevated fire risk.”
While the Fire Danger Period will come to an end, it is still important that residents check the local conditions are safe for any burn-off they were considering undertaking.
“You must register your burn-offs, check weather conditions and follow local council laws and regulations,” ACFO Lawson said.
“Registering your burn-off ensures that if somebody reports smoke, the incident will be crosschecked with the burn-off register, which will then prevent volunteer firefighters being taken away from workplaces, families and potentially genuine emergencies.”
Alternatively, you can register with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 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.