Fire Danger Period (2012/13) to end in selected municipalities
Category : Fire Safety
The Fire Danger Period will end at 1.00am on Monday, 15 April, in the following municipalities:
- Cardinia Shire Council
- Casey City Council
- Frankston City Council
- French Island
- Greater Dandenong City Council
- Kingston City Council (those portions not included in the Metropolitan Fire District)
- Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
- Bass Coast Shire Council
Fire Danger Periods are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moistures, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. They are a seasonal declaration.
Information about Fire Restrictions is available in CFA’s Can I or Can’t I brochure available on the CFA websitehttp://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/, or by phoning the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) 1800 240 667.
Although CFA places only limited restrictions on the lighting of fires in the open air outside of the Fire Danger Period, lighting of fires may be fully or partly restricted under legislation and by-laws administered by municipalities and Department of Sustainability and Environment. A person who lights a fire in dangerous weather or fuel conditions or lights a fire that damages another person’s property whether intentionally or not is guilty of a serious crime.
Although the fire danger period is ending, it is important the community take extreme care when burning off. If a fire is left unattended in windy conditions it can spread quickly and can burn into bushland or onto neighbours’ properties.
- Check local by-laws before burning-off and never leave a burn-off unattended
- Tell your neighbours and call the Vicfire Burn Off Line on 1800 668 511
- Check the weather forecast before you burn-off – never burn-off in dry, hot, windy conditions
The Aberfeldy – Donnellys fire and several other large fires over the past few months highlights the importance of being fire ready and always remaining vigilant.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said although the weather is starting to cool down a little, the state is still extremely dry and ready to burn.
“As we’ve seen this fire season, fires start easily and travel fast. They can threaten properties and even kill. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire – never be complacent,” he said.
For more information please visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.