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It’s your responsibility to be fire ready this summer. Prepare your property, fire plan and emergency kit now.
When hot, dry, windy days are forecast, check Fire Danger Ratings daily and monitor warnings via local radio,
the VicEmergency website and app. Leaving early, before a fire starts, is always the safest option.
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THE REASONS ARE
BLACK AND WHITE
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THE Fire Danger Period will begin at 1am on Monday December
19 across the Bass Coast municipality.
Mark Thiele Captain of San Remo Fire Brigade said vegetation
has dried out considerably over the last few weeks and early indi-
cators were pointing to a long and challenging fire season ahead.
“It’s still not too late to clean up your property if you haven’t al-
ready done so, but the window for burning off has closed” Mark said.
“Residents should take up the green waste collection service
offered by their local councils when preparing their properties
through clearing, mowing or slashing,” he said.
During the Fire Danger Period all fires in the open air are banned
without a permit, along with most activities with the potential to
generate sparks, and Captain Mark Thiele emphasised that CFA
will be taking a zero tolerance approach to any fires resulting from
people flouting the laws.
“Expect that any fire you start to be fully investigated by police”
Captain Mark said.
“While CFA does everything it can, we look to the community to use
common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires,” he said.
Mark said that residents could find information about what is
and isn’t permitted during the Fire Danger Period by visiting cfa.vic.
gov.au/can or by calling 1800 226 226.
During the Fire Danger Period (FDP) fires cannot be lit in the
open air without a written permit from CFA or a Municipal Fire
Prevention Officer. FDPs are based on local conditions and take
into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather
Fire response information
• A written permit is required to burn off grass, undergrowth,
weeds or other vegetation during the FDP. This permit may be is-
sued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or the CFA District
Office. Please check with your municipality in the first instance.
• Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and
can bring a penalty of over $17,000 and/or 12 months imprison-
ment. Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not require
a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces (to view
complete conditions visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can)
• Use of incinerators, chainsaw/lawn mowers, welding/grinding
equipment and vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and
machinery with an internal combustion/heat engine is permitted
provided conditions are followed.
• Farmers can find legal guidelines and practical advice at cfa.vic.
gov.au/farming – important especially for new farmers, bush block
owners or hobby farmers.
• A Total Fire Ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the
declared district for that day unless there is a specific exemption
or special permit issued. This applies irrespective of the Fire Re-
striction status for a given municipality. Further details at cfa.vic.
focus of fire campaign
Are you prepared for fire?
DECISION-making is critical in emer-
gencies. That’s why Victorians are being
asked to plan and prepare now for a hot
and dry summer with significant fire risk.
So they’ll know decision to make when
the time comes.
The Summer Fire Campaign was
launched this week, prompting all Victo-
rians to be better prepared for extreme
weather conditions across summer in-
cluding bush and grassfires, extreme heat,
smoke health, and water safety.
Emergency Management Commissioner
Craig Lapsley said planning and prepara-
tion was fundamental to good decision-
making and the key to saving lives in an
“The potential consequences of fire
mean the decisions you need to make,
how you plan, prepare and respond, must
be black and white,” he said.
The campaign highlights that when it
comes to safety, decisions must be black
or white, or the consequences could be
Regional communities near open grass-
lands are high-risk areas. People travelling
throughout Victoria over summer need to
Mr Lapsley said Victoria’s seasonal out-
look predicts an above average fire season
across most of the state.
Living close to grassland, parks or pad-
docks puts you at possible risk of fire this
“Grassfire is going to be one of our big-
gest risks and challenges this season,” he
“There has been prolific grass growth
right across the state and when it dries out
it will become available fuel ready to burn.
“The first few weeks of December is the
best time to get ready because once we
get to Christmas, it gets busy and all the
other things, like fire preparedness, gets
forgotten about. Enjoy summer but take
Victorians won’t always receive a warn-
ing or be told what to do if a fire starts. It’s
up to all of us to be prepared, know what
to do and take action.
Discuss with your family what you’ll do
if a fire starts nearby.
Follow the daily Fire Danger Rating fore-
cast. Use it to help you to decide when to
leave early based on how dangerous the
conditions are. Monitor conditions on hot,
dry, windy days.
“If you live next to grassland and a
grassfire starts, walk at least two streets
back from the fire to stay safe,” said MFB
Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino.
Never rely on one source for informa-
tion. Victorians can get emergency infor-
mation from the VicEmergency app, the
emergency.vic.gov.au website, tuning in to
ABC radio or other emergency broadcast-
ers, Sky TV, the VicEmergency Hotline on
1800 226 226, and by following VicEmer-
gency on Facebook and Twitter.
Fire danger period
The Fire Danger Period (FDP) for the
Bass Coast and French Island will begin at
1:00 am on Monday 19 December.
During this time fires cannot be lit in
the open air without a written permit from
CFA or a Municipal Fire Prevention Offi-
• A written permit is required to burn
off grass, undergrowth, weeds or other
vegetation during the FDP.
• Lighting a fire in the open without a
permit is an offence and can bring a pen-
alty of over $21,600 and/or 12 months
imprisonment. Barbeques and fires for
cooking and warmth do not require a
permit, but must be lit in properly con-
• The use of an incinerator, chainsaw/
lawn mower, welding/grinding equipment
and vehicles that come in contact with
vegetation and machinery with an inter-
nal combustion/heat engine are permitted
provided conditions are followed.
• Farmers, including bush block and
hobby farmers, can find legal guidelines
and practical advice at cfa.vic.gov.au/farm-
• A Total Fire Ban declaration means no
fires can be lit for the declared district for
that day unless there is a specific exemp-
tion or special permit issued.
Victoria’s seasonal outlook predicts an above average fire season. The Sum-
mer Fire Campaign was launched this week, prompting all Victorians to be
better prepared for extreme weather conditions including bush and grassfires,
extreme heat, smoke health, and water safety.
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