CFA is asking all Victorians to take care and be vigilant over the Easter break, with high temperatures expected and many people travelling across the state.
CFA Acting Chief Officer Gavin Freeman said CFA was particularly concerned with the expected warmer weather later this week especially across the North of Victoria.
“In many places, it’s going to be hot and sunny for the rest of the week and much of the State is still very dry, this brings a higher fire danger risk rating, so we’re asking people to help us out and do the right thing as they enjoy the Easter break.
“The Fire Danger Period (FDP) remains in place for most parts of Victoria; so if you’re planning on burning off you will need a permit.
“For the few areas not in the FDP, you still need to follow the basic steps of registering your burn offs, checking conditions and ensuring you are properly prepared.”
“We are concerned that if a fire was to start, it may be difficult to bring under control, so if you don’t need a fire outdoors, don’t light one.”
Keep your burn-off safe and legal:
• Check fire restrictions with your local council and register your burn on 1800 668 511
• Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind
• To avoid unnecessary calls to emergency services, notify your neighbours beforehand
• Leave a three metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn
• Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading
• Never leave a burn-off unattended – stay for its entire duration
• If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately