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The fire danger period in the Mitchell Shire will begin at 1am on November 27.

Several other municipalities, including Macedon, Murrindindi and Strathbogie shires, will also enter the fire danger period on the same date.

The City of Whittlesea will commence fire restrictions at 1am on December 4.

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The El Niño weather pattern means Victorians can expect a hotter and drier summer than in recent years, and the Country Fire Authority, CFA, advised that communities prepare their properties and create a bushfire survival plan.

CFA north east deputy chief officer Ross Sullivan said towns and districts across the region were experiencing grass dry out significantly, with vegetation now presenting as a yellow colour, indicating an increased fire risk to communities.

“As we head into summer, fuel loads are becoming greater, so we are asking residents to take this opportunity ahead of the restrictions to clean up their properties,” Mr Sullivan said.

“All it takes is some basic maintenance such as clearing your gutters, picking up loose leaves and twigs, pruning tree branches so they aren’t overhanging the roof of your property, or even just keeping your lawn under 10 centimetres tall.

“We are also urging landowners to conduct safe private burn-offs where possible and to register them online in advance.”

While the CFA is poised to respond and support communities this bushfire season, fire brigade members are urging people to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires.

People conducting burn-offs must notify authorities online at the Fire Permits Victoria website at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au, or by calling 1800 668 511.

Registering burn-offs online allows emergency call-takers to allocate more of their time taking calls from people who need emergency assistance immediately.

No burning-off is permitted during the fire danger period without a permit to burn, which can be applied for through the Fire Permits Victoria website.

There are strict conditions attached to the permits and the liability sits with the permit holder to ensure they always act safely.

To find out what can and can’t be done during the fire danger period, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can or by calling VicEmergency on 1800 226 226.

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