Bass Coast,

Fire restrictions to finish in Bass Coast

The fire danger period for Bass Coast will end as of 1.00am on Monday, 11 April.

Bass Coast Country Fire Authority Operations Officer, Paul Summons, said the decision to end 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 by-laws,” Mr Summons explained.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, confirmed a Local Law is in place to regulate burning-off year round.

“Different circumstances apply for residential and rural areas,” Cr Crugnale said.

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

However, Council and the CFA have 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,” Cr Crugnale said.

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

“The guidelines include important information such who to notify about the burn and what notice needs to be given. For example, notice to adjoinging landowners or 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 511l.

If the area to be burnt is next to a residential area, Council’s Local Laws Team must be notified too by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, two-hours prior to light up.

Both Mr Elder and Mr Summons stressed that although the fire danger period had ended, it was important for the community 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.