Burn-off ap­pli­ca­tions open

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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