Campers told to know the rules regarding fire safety
CAMPERS across the Alpine Shire and wider North East are being reminded to follow the rules when it comes to campfire safety.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) assistant chief fire officer, Jarrod Hayse said that as of last week there had already been 17 fires on public land across the Hume region in spring including two in the Alpine Shire.
Approximately six of the 17 were deemed to be caused by campfire negligence.
“Most recently, a suspected unattended campfire caused a three-hectare fire in Kialla, luckily fire crews were able to contain the fire before it spread,” Mr Hayse said.
“Unattended campfires can lead to bushfires, placing the community and firefighters at risk, as well as potentially damaging the environment.
“School holidays are always a busy time as we see an increase in visitors to the region.
“We want people to get out and enjoy our parks and state forests and make campfire safety a priority for their trip by knowing what they can and can’t do.”
Authorised officers have and will continue to patrol parks and forests over the school holiday period to ensure campers are doing the right thing and to educate visitors on campfire safety.
“We’re also asking people to be vigilant, and if they see a campfire that doesn’t look right or is unattended, call 000,” Mr Hayse said.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure they follow the campfire safety rules.”
On non-total fire ban day campers are asked to use a purpose-built fireplace or to light their campfire in a trench at least 30cm deep.
The trench should be no larger than one square metre in size and branches and logs for the campfire must be no bigger than one metre long.
Campfires are never to be left alight or unattended and occupants should always maintain a 50-metre line of sight.
Adults must always be present around campfires and they are also to always be completely extinguished using water not soil.