Fire Restrictions In Bass Coast

Fire restrictions in Bass Coast Shire will come into effect on 8 December 2014.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) Group Officer for Bass Coast, Damien O’Connor, said the Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community.

“This is to help prevent fires from starting,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period dependant on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

“These restrictions are in place until 1 May 2015 unless revoked or varied.”

Mr O’Connor encouraged community members to have a look at the CFA information sheet, ‘Can I or Can’t I?’, which provides answers to commonly asked questions about lighting fires during the Fire Danger Period and on Total Fire Ban Days.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said the CFA information sheet highlights that some councils have local law conditions on the use of incinerators.

“In Bass Coast, incinerator fires are not permitted in residential areas at any time,” Mr Elder said.

Both Mr O’Connor and Mr Elder stressed that lives and property are put at risk when people do not comply with fire restrictions and regulations.

If you want further information on the Fire Danger Period, you can call the CFA Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Information on Council’s Local Laws is available by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or visiting www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/locallaw.