Unregistered burnoffs frustrating CFA
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.