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Residents urged to take extreme care when CFA fire restrictions end 1 May

Date: 
Monday, 29 April, 2019 - 10:30
Category: 
Community
Burning off stump

CFA fire restrictions for the Mansfield Shire Council area will end at 1am on the 1st May 2019.

Council and the CFA urge landholders considering burning on their land to take extreme care. A lack of significant rain across the district has left us with unseasonable conditions and an extremely dry landscape.

Last year the end of the Fire Danger Period saw a spike in calls with CFA brigades responding to numerous burn offs out of control. Residents and landholders are urged to consider waiting until after rain to conduct burning.

The significant lack of rain in many areas has led to very low moisture levels in the soil and all types of forest and grass vegetation. Any fires lit are likely to burn with a greater intensity than expected for this time of year and will be harder to put out.

Fires will be much more likely to spread along dry ground with little vegetation than usual.

Before Burning Off:

  • Check with your council to ensure compliance with Local Laws - refer https://www.mansfield.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/Adopted-Amentiy%2C-Environment-and-Community-Protection-Local-Law-No1-2018.pdf Section 35. NOTE: if you reside in Residential, Business or Industrial Zone, you are not allowed to burn off without a permit.

  • Ensure there is a bare earth break around the material to be burnt. All flammable material needs to be removed for three metres around and above.

  • Have an at least one adult in attendance at all times while the fire is alight and enough water on hand to fully extinguish the fire if needed.

  • Extinguish fires with water and patrol for a few days afterwards.

  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards, don’t burn if windy days are forecast.

  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511 prior to lighting a burn.

For more information on burning off safely, visit https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/burning-off

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Last Updated: Monday, 29 April, 2019 - 11:19