Trio fined for campfire
A CAMPFIRE lit in Buffalo River near the Nug Nug Camping Reserve on Friday’s total fire ban day has left a group of three campers facing significant fines.
Under the Forest Act 1958, on the spot fines of up to $476 can be issued for people breaching campfire safety rules and a person can face a maximum penalty of up to $15,872 if the matter is prosecuted in Court.
FFMVic Staff patrolled the King, Buffalo, Ovens and Buckland Valleys, as well as the Yackandandah Creek and Reedy Creek area near Eldorado and Beechworth visiting over 150 camp sites.
In total, three camp fires were found, a number Ovens District Manager FFMVic, Jarrod Hayes, described as “disappointing to say the least”.
“While most campers were doing the right thing, the campfires we found on the Total Fire Ban Day pose a significant risk to the environment, and potentially could endanger lives,” he added.
“Those involved have been interviewed in relation to these campfire offences, and investigations are ongoing.”
The news comes following a campaign was launched by FFMVIC to remind campers in North East Victoria to follow the rules when it comes to campfire safety.
Since November last year, FFMVic has responded to 56 fires caused by campfires in the region.
Aaron Kennedy, assistant chief fire officer of the Hume Region said that the number of fires caused by campfires needed to be reduced.
“Our message to campers is clear - Don’t let your campfire become a bushfire this summer,” he said.
“We want people to get out there and enjoy themselves but make campfire safety a priority. The key to this is understanding what they can and can’t do.”