Bass Coast,

CFA Ends The Fire Danger Period In Bass Coast

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) ended the fire danger period for Bass Coast on Monday, 23 March 2015.

CFA Group Officer for Bass Coast, Damien O’Connor, said the decision to end the fire danger period, also known as fire restrictions, was made following a review of weather, rainfall figures, grass growth and the dryness of the grass and bushes in the area.

“While the CFA’s seasonal restriction on lighting fires in the open has been lifted, restrictions still apply under Council’s Local Laws,” Mr O’Connor explained.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, confirmed the Local Law is in place to regulate burning off year round.

“Different circumstances apply for residential and rural areas,” said Mr Elder.

“Open air and incinerator fires are not permitted in residential areas at anytime.”

However, Mr Elder explained that Council and the CFA had worked together to prepare guidelines that apply for open air burning off on private properties that are not located in a built up area.

The guidelines apply except during the Fire Danger Period and on days of Total Fire Ban, when burning off is prohibited.

“Any property owner outside a built up area who is considering burning off should have a copy of these guidelines,” Mr Elder said.

“They aim to protect the safety and comfort of all residents and visitors.

“The guidelines include important information such as who to notify about the burn and what notice needs to be given, for example notice to adjoining landowners and occupiers must be given 24-hours before the burn.

“To ensure the fire services are aware of your planned burn, please give the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) two-hours prior notification by calling 1800 668 511.”

Mr Elder said if the area to be burnt is next to a residential area, Council’s Local Laws team must be notified too by calling Council two-hours prior to light up.

Both Mr Elder and Mr O’Connor stressed that although the fire danger period had ended, it was important for the community to take extreme care when burning off on rural land.

Council’s Burning Off Guidelines are available at our website or by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.