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Fire danger period set for Macedon Ranges

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The Country Fire Authority, CFA, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council are reminding residents to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires as the commencement of the fire danger period starts from 1am on Monday, January 9 2023.

Landowners are being urged to prepare their properties ahead of time to reduce the risk and impact of a bushfire on their homes.

CFA community safety manager for the north west region David Allen said this year’s unseasonal weather and the approaching holiday season prompted the earlier call out to the community to give as much notice as possible.

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“While municipalities and government agencies will be working to have their fire prevention slashing works completed by January 9, we ask the community to also prepare their properties, reduce grass and fire litter and have their fire plans discussed and prepared within their family,” he said.

“This year in particular, we ask everyone to be aware of the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System. New signs are currently being installed, so you need to know what each rating means and what action you will take.

“Above all, understand your individual fire risk, your environment and prepare and plan accordingly.”

By removing fine fuels now, landowners can influence how a fire impacts their property and reduce the risk of any potential ember attack.

Burning off of grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is generally permitted outside of the fire danger period, however residents are reminded to check for information specific to their area by contacting the council.

People who plan to use fire to clean up their property must notify authorities and acquire a permit to burn as burning-off is not permitted during the fire danger period.

To apply for a permit, people can visit www.firepermists.vic.gov.au or call 1800 668 511.

It is also important to visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au and sign up to MyCFA to receive relevant information.

Additional information on property preparation is available at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/how-to-prepare-your-property.

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