Burn-off applications open
Country Fire Authority has advised that people in Horsham, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and Hindmarsh shires can now apply for schedule-13 permits to burn stubble.
CFA District 17 manager Craig Brittain said a return of cool weather would prompt many farmers and landholders to plan pre-sowing burning programs.
He encouraged people to apply early for permits to avoid delays when conditions were right to burn.
“While there is still a high fire risk across municipalities, restrictions will remain in force,” he said.
“Permits to burn will be available from municipal offices, but will have strict conditions that must be adhered to, including specific instructions for District 17 landholders.”
Under the 1966 Summary Offences Act, landowners must not leave a fire unattended because it could result in damage to or destruction of life and property.
“Landowners have responsibilities they must adhere to when burning off,” Mr Brittain said.
“They must have a firebreak of at least three metres around the area they intended to burn, and notify their neighbours at least two hours before they start burning.
“Under the Summary Offences Act, there is the risk of a fine, 12 months imprisonment or both for people who do not abide by the act. It is important that all landholders are aware of their responsibilities when incorporating burning off into their farm safety plan and take adequate precautions to ensure that all requirements are met.”
Mr Brittain also urged landowners to notify Vic Fire on 1800 668 511 when about to undertake a burn to inform district brigades.
“This was because people who saw the fire might report it to through emergency number Triple Zero, 000,” he said.