Fire dan­ger pe­riod ends

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

The fire dan­ger pe­riod (FDP) of­fi­cially fin­ished on Tues­day, May 1.

CFA ACO for North East Re­gion Ross Sul­li­van em­pha­sised that although the FDP is com­ing to an end it is im­por­tant to re­main vig­i­lant.

“Res­i­dents that wish to con­duct burn-offs on their pri­vate prop­er­ties need to fol­low some ba­sic rules, reg­is­ter your burn-offs first and fore­most, check weather con­di­tions as well as mon­i­tor the wind, and fol­low lo­cal coun­cil laws and reg­u­la­tions.”

Mr Sul­li­van also em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion,

“It is im­por­tant that as well as reg­is­ter­ing your burn-offs with ESTA, you are alert­ing your neigh­bours that they may see smoke on the set dates.”

“Ev­ery year our CFA crews are wast­ing re­sources re­spond­ing to false alarms be­cause peo­ple are not reg­is­ter­ing their burn-offs. If you reg­is­ter your burn off and some­body rings spot­ting smoke, the in­ci­dent will be cross-checked with the burn-off reg­is­ter and pre­vent a frus­trated CFA crew show­ing up on your door.

“There are few things that an­noy CFA fireys more than be­ing taken away from fam­ily, friends, work and po­ten­tial emer­gen­cies over a false alarm caused by an un-reg­is­tered burn-off.”

Landown­ers can reg­is­ter their burn-off with the Emer­gency Ser­vices Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity (ESTA) by call­ing 1800 668 511 or email­ing burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au

Mr Sul­li­van said that whether reg­is­ter­ing a burn-off by phone or email, peo­ple should be pre­pared to give some ba­sic in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing lo­ca­tion, date, ex­pected start and fin­ish times, es­ti­mated size, and what they in­tended to burn.

“The burn off line is very easy to use – the op­er­a­tors are friendly, and prompt you by ask­ing the key ques­tions,” he said.

“When con­duct­ing burn-offs, re­main alert and al­ways have re­sources on hand to ex­tin­guish the fire.”

Keep your burn off safe and le­gal:

• Check fire re­stric­tions in your area and al­ways

reg­is­ter your burn

• Check and mon­i­tor weather con­di­tions - par

tic­u­larly wind

• Warn your neigh­bours be­fore­hand that there

will be smoke in the air.

• Stay in at­ten­dance the whole time your burn

is go­ing

• Have suf­fi­cient equip­ment and wa­ter to stop

the fire spread­ing.

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