Shire ‘ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble’

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THE Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod will be­gin at 1am on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 for Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil.

CFA District 20 op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter Tay­lor said most fore­casts in­di­cated an above av­er­age fire sea­son.

‘‘Lit­tle to no rain across the district since Au­gust has dried out the grass­land and par­tic­u­larly for­est ar­eas and made them ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble to fire.

“Re­duc­ing fuel loads will en­sure that if a fire does oc­cur, it has less chance of tak­ing hold or spread­ing.

“While CFA does all it can, we look to the com­mu­nity to use com­mon sense and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for pre­vent­ing fires.”

Mr Tay­lor said there was still a small win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to clean up your prop­erty if you hadn’t al­ready done so.

“Out of con­trol burn-offs and un­reg­is­tered burn-offs are a ma­jor and avoid­able headache for brigades,” he said.

‘‘All burn-offs should be reg­is­tered with the VicFire Burn-off no­ti­fi­ca­tion line on 1800 668 511,’’ he said.

“Avoid burn­ing off when high winds are fore­cast – not only on the day of your burn but for the days af­ter­wards.

“For in­for­ma­tion about burn-off re­stric­tions spe­cific to your area con­sult the coun­cil.”

CFA takes a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to any unau­tho­rised fires or fires re­sult­ing from neg­li­gent be­hav­iour sub­ject to po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Dur­ing the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod (FDP), fires can­not be lit in the open air with­out a writ­ten per­mit from CFA or a mu­nic­i­pal fire prevention of­fi­cer.

Vic­to­ri­ans can find out “Can I or Can’t I?” in­for­ma­tion at cfa.vic.gov.au/can or by call­ing the VicEmer­gency Hot­line on 1800 226 226.

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