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Fire restrictions still in force

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Monday 19 March 2018

Several out of control fires over the past month across the shire have prompted Mount Alexander Shire Council to remind the community that fire restrictions are still in place.

Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer Luke Ryan said local agencies are concerned with the number of people lighting unlawful fires.

“The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has been called to a number of local fires that have been lit without permits, with some of them becoming out of control and burning nearby bushland,” said Mr Ryan.

“Our shire is still in the Fire Danger Period, which means that fire restrictions remain in place,” he said.

“We want everyone to understand that if they intend to burn off or have an outdoor fire at this time of year they must comply with certain restrictions or obtain a permit from Council.”

With plenty of people planning to head out camping during the Easter break it’s important to understand the fire restrictions, particularly if you’re planning to light a campfire.

During the Fire Danger Period you can only have a campfire if:

- The wind is less than 10km/h (if leaves and small twigs are in constant motion then this is considered to be more than 10km/hr)
- There is a three metre area clear of flammable material around and above the fire
- The fire is smaller than one square metre
- A person is in attendance at all times and has the capacity and means to extinguish the fire
- It is completely extinguished before the person leaves.

All campfires are banned during Total Fire Ban Days.

Police have zero tolerance for any unlawful fire during the Fire Danger Period. Offenders have to appear in court and can be fined $16,000 or be imprisoned.

To find more information about the Fire Danger Period including how to be prepared for bushfires visit the Fire Prevention page on Council’s website. The Can I, Can’t I brochure explains rules during the Fire Danger Period and is available from the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can.

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