End Of The Fire Danger Period
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) ended the Fire Danger Period for Bass Coast on 14 April 2014 at 1.00am.
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 Law,” Mr O’Connor explained.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, noted that different circumstances apply for built up areas and properties in other areas of Bass Coast.
“It is important to remember that burning off in the open and incinerator fires are not permitted in built up areas at anytime,” Ms Mitchell said.
Outside the built-up areas, Council’s Burning Off Guidelines apply except during the Fire Danger Period and on days of Total Fire Ban, when burning off is prohibited.
“Any property owner, who is considering burning off, should refer to a copy of Council’s Local Law No. 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2012 and the guidelines,” Ms Mitchell said.
The guidelines aim to protect the safety and comfort of all residents and visitors, and include important information such as: remember to make sure you have enough water on-site and a fire break; as a courtesy, tell your neighbours you are planning on burning off; and call the Vicfire Burn Off Line on 1800 668 511 so the CFA don’t attend, and you won’t risk a fine from Council.
Both Ms Mitchell 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.
Copies of the Local Law and the Burning Off Guidelines are available at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/burningoff or by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).