With fire restrictions now finished across Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, CFA, is urging all residents across the state to exercise extreme caution when burning off.
Since the first fire danger period, FDP, lifted on March 15 to the final FDP ending on May 2, CFA has responded to more than 120 escaped burn-offs.
CFA volunteers have also attended 35 reignitions from previous burn-offs, which were not extinguished properly.
CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said it was important to register all burn-offs, so authorities knew what was happening in the area.
“It is vital that people register their burn-offs as they can get out of control easily with a simple wind change,” he said.
“We ask that landowners register burn-offs to help reduce the risk of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area.’
Mr Heffernan also reiterated the importance of being safe when burning off.
“If a burn off does get out of control, call ‘000’ immediately. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire, and never be complacent,” he said.
To keep burn-off safe and legal, the CFA recommend people check fire restrictions in their area and register the burn, check and monitor weather conditions and never leave a burn-off unattended. If a burn-off gets out of control, call triple zero immediately.
Landowners can register burn-off by using the Fire Permits Victoria website, firepermits.vic.gov.au, or notifying the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, ESTA, by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing email@example.com..