Fire danger period soon to end in some districts

April 5th, 2024Fire danger period soon to end in some districts

The Fire Danger Period will finish on Monday April 8 in several Victorian municipalities.

The Fire Danger Period will finish on Monday April 8 in several Victorian municipalities.

The Fire Danger Period finishes at 1am on Monday April 8 in the following municipalities in CFA’s District 17, 18 and 20:

• Yarriambiack Shire
• Gannawarra
• Loddon
• Campaspe

While restrictions are lifting in these areas, the CFA still expects the grassfire risk to remain across the state over the next month so Victorians need to remain alert and prepared. 

Residents are reminded that Total Fire Ban days may still occur so any fires that are lit must be able to be extinguished immediately.

CFA District 17Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Gunning said reduced fuel loads across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee have allowed an easing of restrictions.

“We’re urging everyone to stay safe, whether you’re living in or travelling to high bushfire risk areas. 

“Please monitor the conditions on hot, dry and windy days, as we may still see some days of elevated fire risk.” 

The end of the Fire Danger Period (FDP) will be an opportunity for some landowners to burn-off again, however it’s important that residents check that local conditions are safe before undertaking these activities. 

“You must still register your burn-offs, check weather conditions and follow local council laws, as well as EPA laws and applicable regulations,” ACFO Gunning said. 

“Registering your burn-off ensures that if smoke or fire is reported, the incident is cross-checked with our register, which prevents firefighters from unnecessarily responding.” 

“When conducting burn-offs, remain alert and always have resources on hand to extinguish the fire. 

Landowners can register their burn-off online at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au or call 1800 668 511. 

If possible, landowners should also notify their neighbours and others nearby who may be sensitive to smoke so they can take necessary precautions. 

Tips for looking after your health when there is smoke can be found on EPA’s website.

Keep your burn off safe and legal:

  • Check fire restrictions in your area and always register your burn
  • Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind. 
  • To avoid unnecessary calls to emergency services, notify your neighbours beforehand.
  • Leave a three-metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn. 
  • Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading. 
  • Never leave a burn-off unattended – stay for its entire duration. 
  • If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately. 

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