Trio fined for camp­fire

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.”

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