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Fire danger period begins in district

The fire danger period is now in force in the City of Greater Bendigo.

November 28, 2012 4:20am

District residents are being reminded the Greater Bendigo Fire Danger Period is now in force.

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

‘‘Residents should have already undertaken preparation for the bushfire season,’’ CFA District 02 operations manager Mark Gilmore said.

‘‘This year in particular, there is quite a variable in fuel loads, generally with dry hills in upper parts of the landscape.

‘‘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,’’ Mr Gilmore said.

‘‘The introduction of restrictions in the remaining District 02 municipality of Macedon Ranges Shire is not decided as yet but will not be before December,’’ Mr Gilmore said.

‘‘Property owners or managers are also reminded to apply for any permits well in advance if they are planning to carry out essential work during the fire danger period.’’

Heathcote Fire Brigade captain Shane Nixon said the brigade maintained a policy of zero tolerance during the district fire danger period.

‘‘So, if we’re called out to a fire that was deliberately lit without a permit, it will be reported to police for further action,’’ Mr Nixon said.

For information, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667; your local CFA brigade or download the free CFA FireReady smartphone app at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-and-incidents/cfa-on-your-mobile.htm

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