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Fire Danger Period announced for the Campaspe Shire

2020-11-19

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Fire Danger Period information

Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and can bring a penalty of over $19,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not require a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces (to view complete conditions visit cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/)

The use of an incinerator, chainsaw/ lawn mower, welding/grinding equipment and vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with an internal combustion/ heat engine are permitted provided conditions are followed.

Farmers can find legal guidelines and practical advice at cfa.vic.gov.au/planprepare/ farms– this information is important especially for new farmers, bush block owners or hobby farmers.

A Total Fire Ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day unless there is a specific exemption or special permit issued. This applies irrespective of the Fire Restriction status for a given municipality. Further details at cfa.vic. gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/

CFA’s Acting Chief Officer, Gary Cook has made the declaration that the Fire Danger Period for the Campaspe Shire will come into effect at 1am on Monday 23 November 2020.

Considering this declaration Waranga Group Deputy Group Officer Dean Jamieson has urged all residents to review their bushfire plan and reduce the fuel loads around their properties to ensure that if a fire does break out, it has less chance of taking hold or spreading.

The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for Victoria released on during August indicated that much of Victoria has experienced average to below average rainfall during winter and parts of the North West, including Campaspe Shire, have become drier than normal.

“Decent winter rainfall across the state has resulted in increased yield and potential fuel load in some parts of the shire. However, the grass and bush are rapidly drying and fire potential is heightened due to warmer weather over the next three months,” DGO Jamieson said.

“Any additional rainfall we do experience prior to Christmas will produce growth, which could very easily result in an even higher fuel load throughout the summer season if not effectively managed. While CFA and our partner agencies Fire Rescue Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria are doing everything we can to prepare for the bushfire season, we look to the community to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires.”

DGO Jamieson said once the Fire Danger Period (FDP) comes into effect, CFA has a zero-tolerance approach to any fires caused by negligent behaviour and residents can expect any escaped or uncontrolled fire to be investigated by CFA and Victoria Police.

Fire Danger Period information and restrictions are published at cfa.vic.gov.au/ warnings-restrictions/restrictions-duringthe- fire-danger-period. Please note the latest restrictions will be published on this page by the Tuesday before they come into force.

Victorians can find out “Can I or can’t I?” information at cfa.vic.gov.au/warningsrestrictions/ can or by calling VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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