Burning allowed with some restrictions
The Fire Danger Period (FDP) officially concluded yesterday morning.
The Fire Danger Period has been in effect since October, allowing the CFA to restrict the use of fire in the community to help prevent fires from starting.
The amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions have all been taken in to account in the decision to end this season’s Fire Danger Period.
Now that the Fire Danger Period is lifted, residents can burn-off without permits, but there is still some restrictions.
Residential and semi-rural residents can only burn-off on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm, or a permit is required outside of these days and times.
In rural areas, burn offs are allowed any day of the week.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said residents should follow local laws when burning off.
‘‘We understand that residents may need to burn-off on their properties from time to time. It is important that people adhere to these simple local laws to make sure a fire doesn’t get out of control,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘If a burn-off is required outside of these parameters, please contact council and arrange a permit.’’
Permits are free and can be obtained by phoning 5734 6200 or go to www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
CFA Hume regional commander Stewart Kreltszheim reminded residents that were thinking about burning off to check conditions and register their burn-offs.
‘‘Every year our brigades get more and more frustrated at the number of false alarm calls they have to respond to as a result of people not doing the right thing,’’ he said.
‘‘Be aware that any calls to Triple Zero about smoke in the air at particular locations are cross-checked with the burn-off register. When nothing is listed firefighters are required to attend.
‘‘So if you haven’t registered your burn you can expect some disgruntled fireys arriving at your property asking you to ‘please explain’.’’
Landowners can register their burn-off by phoning 1800 668 511 or emailing email@example.com