Burn off warn­ing

Buf­falo River man’s fire a re­minder for all lo­cals

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

A LO­CAL man has es­caped pun­ish­ment fol­low­ing an out of con­trol burn off on his Buf­falo River prop­erty last week.

Myrtle­ford CFA cap­tain Garry Gun­son said it was not the first time the man had let a fire get out of con­trol with last Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent the lat­est.

The man was burn­ing black­ber­ries on a hill on his prop­erty just be­low Buf­falo River Road op­po­site Panorama Drive.

Mr Gun­son said the fire caused prob­lems af­ter a change in the wind.

“There was a southerly wind blow­ing up be­hind the fire push­ing it along,” he said.

“There was prob­a­bly two acres that was burnt but I’m not sure if all that was from the same day, it did how­ever im­pact on some olive trees next door.

“I think it ac­tu­ally crossed into the other prop­erty and once a fire crosses on to an­other per­son’s land that’s when a per­son is li­able.

“It was not reg­is­tered and the man was by him­self with no fire­fight­ing equip­ment and it’s not the first time some­thing like this has hap­pened at this prop­erty.”

Mr Gun­son said po­lice were called but Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble An­thony Short said no in­fringe­ments would be is­sued as the man was present at the time.

Se­nior Sergeant Paul Pursell said there were three av­enues for which po­lice can pros­e­cute peo­ple for dan­ger­ous or il­le­gal fire ac­tiv­ity.

It in­cludes pow­ers un­der the CFA Act if peo­ple light fires out­side of the fire dan­ger pe­riod and don’t have per­mits, or on to­tal fire ban days, as well un­der the Sum­mary Of­fences Act if any­one lights a fire in the open air and leaves it unat­tended at any­time.

Po­lice are also autho­rised to is­sue no­tices for non-com­pli­ance with lo­cal coun­cil by-laws around light­ing fires.

“Some­times we get called to a fire and other times it will be re­ported to us and we’ll in­ves­ti­gate and deem whether we need to take it fur­ther and have these peo­ple ei­ther is­sued a ticket or go to court,” Snr Sgt Pursell said.

Mr Gun­son re­it­er­ated that peo­ple need reg­is­ter their burn offs and be present at all times to pre­vent the CFA from be­ing called out un­nec­es­sar­ily.

“If you’re go­ing to burn off make sure there is more than one per­son there, never leave it unat­tended and make sure you’ve got equip­ment and wa­ter to be able to put it out if it gets out of con­trol,” he said.

“If you don’t have equip­ment and you don’t look af­ter it you can be pros­e­cuted.”

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