CFA District 22 operations manager Tony Owen has stressed the importance of people being aware that Fire Restrictions are still in force within the municipalities of Strathbogie, Moira and Greater Shepparton.
‘‘This means there is absolutely no burning off without a written permit,’’ Mr Owen said.
‘‘Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period is permitted only if the land holder has a written permit issued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Prevention Officer of a municipality or by the CFA District office.’’
CFA has advised that the Fire Danger Period for all municipalities within CFA District 22 will continue until the gazetted end is reached at Tuesday, May 1, at 1am.
Before burning off, remember the following:
■Obtain a permit from your local council or CFA and comply with all permit conditions;
■Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn;
■Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), Burn-Off Notification Hotline on 1800668511;
■Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards;
■Check the fuel moisture conditions;
■Establish a fire break of no less than four metres cleared of all flammable material; and
■Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.
■For more information visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns or phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.