FIRE restrictions have been announced for parts of Victoria as authorities prepare for a hotter and drier summer than in recent years.
From 1am on Monday, November 27, the declared fire danger period, FDP, will commence for the Macedon Ranges.
In the City of Whittlesea, the FDP will commence at 1am on December 4.
No burning-off is permitted during the FDP without a permit to burn, which can be applied for through the Fire Permits Victoria website at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au.
Country Fire Authority, CFA, District 14 assistant chief fire officer Tim Holland said residents in the municipalities who have had their FDPs announced, should take the opportunity ahead of restrictions to reduce the fuel loads around their homes.
“Following some of the driest months on record in August and September, the widespread rain that we had at the start of October provided some welcome relief and slowed the grasslands drying cycle,” he said.
“However, the grass in local paddocks and parklands within our suburbs is starting to dry out and will continue to do so as summer approaches.”
People are urged to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires.
Those conducting burn-offs must notify authorities online at the Fire Permits Victoria website or by calling 1800 668 511.
“There is still plenty of time to ensure your property is as safe as possible, and we suggest starting with cutting your grass and cleaning up around your households and sheds,” Mr Holland said.
There are strict conditions attached to the permits and the liability sits with the permit-holder to ensure they always act safely.
Lighting fires in the open without a permit can bring a penalty of more than $21,800 and/or 12 months imprisonment. For a full list of conditions, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can.
More information about FDPs is available online at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/firedangerperiod.