Fire ban starts
The fire danger period for Moira Shire (District 22) has started.
CFA District 22 operations officer Peter Dedman said the seasonal bushfire outlook for southern Australia released in September suggested the season in Victoria would start earlier than usual and be more active than normal due to warmer and drier conditions.
The declaration of the fire danger period means restrictions on fire lighting are in force.
During the period, you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a written permit from CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer.
Lighting a fire in the open air without a permit is an offence and has a penalty of more than $19 000 and/or 12 months in jail.
Permits will only be considered for specific purposes (i.e. carrying out necessary work).
If you are issued a permit, you are still required to register a burn with the burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511.
Information about fire restrictions within Victoria can be found through your local CFA district office or via your municipal fire prevention officer.
For information on the declared fire danger period and days of total fire ban, visit
The information is also accessible via the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.
Bans in place: Warmer and drier conditions are forecast for Victoria and people are urged to take care.