Un­reg­is­tered burnoffs frus­trat­ing CFA

Alpine Observer - - News -

By STRUAN JONES

FIRE ser­vices have been frus­trated with in­di­vid­u­als start­ing fires without per­mits in the early days of the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod.

The Bright Fire Bri­gade was called out a num­ber of times last week, in­clud­ing to a prop­erty on Bak­ers Gully Road in Bright where a res­i­dent was burn­ing off on the morn­ing of Wednes­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

Hours later the bri­gade was again called out to an­other burn-off that got out of hand on Church Street in Bright, where a man had set fire to gar­den waste he had thrown down an em­bank­ment close to a block of units.

The fire quickly got out of con­trol and the res­i­dent’s gar­den hose proved in­ef­fec­tive at con­tain­ing the blaze that reached up and burnt part of the car­port of the next-door unit.

Given the prox­im­ity to neigh­bour­ing prop­erty, po­lice were called to the scene to ques­tion the man.

“I don’t un­der­stand how peo­ple don’t pay at­ten­tion, the fire re­stric­tions have been well ad­ver­tised,” Sheri­dan Gill­ham, sec­re­tary of the Bright Fire Bri­gade, said.

“Some of these things should have been lit months ago, and peo­ple light them a week be­fore fire re­stric­tions,

“It’s get­ting hot now, and it’s some­thing that could have been dealt with ear­lier, and we’re us­ing brigades and re­sources do­ing some­thing they shouldn’t have to,” he said.

One of the burn-offs in Wandiligong is be­lieved to have been lit prior to fire re­stric­tions com­ing in place, but con­tin­ued to burn for days and prompted a re­sponse from the Alpine Shire Coun­cil.

The de­clared fire dan­ger pe­riod for the Alpine re­gion com­menced on Oc­to­ber 29, and means you can­not light a fire in the open air un­less you have a per­mit or com­ply with cer­tain re­quire­ments.

If you don’t ob­tain a per­mit, you could be break­ing the law and may be pros­e­cuted.

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