Bass Coast,
31
January
2014
|
23:30
Australia/Melbourne

Fire Restrictions Now In Force

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) introduced fire restrictions for Bass Coast on 27 January 2014.

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 for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season.

“It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

“These restrictions are in place until 1 May 2014 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 Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, 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,” Ms Mitchell said.

Both Mr O’Connor and Ms Mitchell 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, call the CFA Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Hardcopies of the Can I or Can’t I? information sheets are available at Council’s Customer Service Centres and Visitor Information Centres.

Information on Council’s local laws is available from Council by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278), or visiting www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.