Fire ban starts

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The fire dan­ger pe­riod for Moira Shire (Dis­trict 22) has started.

CFA Dis­trict 22 op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Peter Ded­man said the sea­sonal bush­fire out­look for south­ern Aus­tralia re­leased in Septem­ber sug­gested the sea­son in Vic­to­ria would start ear­lier than usual and be more ac­tive than nor­mal due to warmer and drier con­di­tions.

The dec­la­ra­tion of the fire dan­ger pe­riod means re­stric­tions on fire light­ing are in force.

Dur­ing the pe­riod, you can­not light a fire in the open air un­less you have a writ­ten per­mit from CFA or a mu­nic­i­pal fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer.

Light­ing a fire in the open air with­out a per­mit is an of­fence and has a penalty of more than $19 000 and/or 12 months in jail.

Per­mits will only be con­sid­ered for spe­cific pur­poses (i.e. car­ry­ing out nec­es­sary work).

If you are is­sued a per­mit, you are still re­quired to reg­is­ter a burn with the burn-off no­ti­fi­ca­tion line on 1800 668 511.

In­for­ma­tion about fire re­stric­tions within Vic­to­ria can be found through your lo­cal CFA dis­trict of­fice or via your mu­nic­i­pal fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer.

For in­for­ma­tion on the de­clared fire dan­ger pe­riod and days of to­tal fire ban, visit

The in­for­ma­tion is also ac­ces­si­ble via the VicEmer­gency hot­line on 1800 226 226.

Bans in place: Warmer and drier con­di­tions are fore­cast for Vic­to­ria and peo­ple are urged to take care.

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