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Fire Danger Period ends

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Thursday 2 April 2020

The Fire Danger Period for Mount Alexander Shire ended on Monday 23 March.

Residents can now burn off on their property without a permit, so long as they meet certain requirements. This includes the requirement to register their fire with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511.

“It’s a simple phone call to register your burn. It means that if someone reports smoke or a fire to authorities the CFA or other emergency services are not called out unnecessarily,” said Glenn Brown, Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“If you’re planning a burn take weather conditions into account and don’t leave your fire unattended – monitor it for at least seven days to make sure it is fully extinguished,” said Mr Brown.

“The other important thing is to know what you can burn. Please only burn natural items like dried leaves or tree branches. Do not burn furniture, plastics, tyres, mattresses or the like,” he said.

Council urges residents on smaller properties to dispose of unwanted green waste at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities rather than through burning. This reduces the impact of smoke on neighbours.

Under Council’s Local Law (which is currently under review) residents on properties less than half an acre (2,023 square metres) must only burn off on a Tuesday or Saturday during daylight hours.

“Be assured that properties of all sizes can still light barbeques, campfires or small contained fires (like a fire pit) for cooking and warmth purposes. Allow three metres of cleared space around the fire and make sure you have a hose or water supply nearby so you can quickly extinguish it if necessary,” said Mr Brown.

“We understand that many people enjoy an outdoor fire during the cooler months. We just ask people to be respectful of neighbours and to take care.”

Find out more about requirements for burning off at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/FirePrevention or call Glenn Brown, Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, on 5471 1818.

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