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Fire Danger Period from Monday

The Country Fire Authority has declared the Fire Danger Period will begin from 1am on December 3.

November 30, 2012 1:13pm

Greater Shepparton, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Strathbogie Shire and Benalla Rural City will all be under a Fire Danger Period from Monday.

The CFA declared the period today, which means fires cannot be lit in open air without a written permit from CFA or from a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.

Fire Danger Periods are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall.

CFA Hume Regional Director Alan Davies said the CFA expects people to follow the fire restrictions.

"Fire restrictions are in place for a very good reason - to prevent fires from starting. Preventing fires is something that every member of the community should see as their responsibility," he said.

"Victoria has experienced a lot of wet weather this year, but we are one of the most fire-prone regions in the world and it only takes two weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions."

To find out more about getting ready for the fire season, or to book the Home Bushfire Advice Service, go to www.cfa.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 240 667.
 
 
 
• Fires in the open air are legally restricted when a FDP is declared in a municipality by CFA. A written permit is required to burn off grass, undergrowth, weeds or other vegetation. This permit is issued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or the CFA District Office.
 
• Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and can bring a penalty of nearly $17,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. All burn-offs should be registered with the VicFire Burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511.
 
• Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not require a permit, but must: be lit in properly constructed fireplaces (i.e. metal, stone or concrete), not be used in strong winds (less than or equal to 10km per hour), be clear of all flammable material for 3m from the outer perimeter and be supervised at all times by a person who has the means and capacity to extinguish the fire. 
 
• The use of: an incinerator, chainsaw/lawn mower, welding/grinding equipment, vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with an internal combustion/heat engine are permitted provided guidelines are followed.
 
• CFA's On the Land: Agricultural Fire Management Guidelines provides practical fire management advice for people living and working on rural properties and is particularly useful to those new to farming. To view and/or download the guidelines, go to the CFA website.
 
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.
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