CFA’s reminder restrictions still in place South West

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South West CFA authorities are reminding landowners that fire restrictions are still in place across Warrnambool, Moyne, Southern Grampians shires, and burning off is prohibited without a permit.

While conditions are cooling and there has been some recent rain in these areas, it’s still not yet safe, or legal, to conduct private burn offs without an approved permit.

CFA District 5 Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Richard Bourke said while some areas in these municipalities are beginning to green up, residents must adhere to the Fire Danger Period conditions while it is still in place.

“We’re urging the community to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires,” he said.

“Residents may have spotted visible smoke from recent planned burns across parts of the South West, however these are being undertaken with valid permits.”

ACFO Bourke said the grassfire risk remains throughout autumn and fires can still take hold and spread quickly in the right conditions.

“No burning off is permitting during the Fire Danger Period without a Permit to Burn,” he said.

“Lighting a fire in the open without a permit while fire restrictions are in place is an offence and can bring significant penalties.”

Landowners who wish to obtain a Permit to Burn during the Fire Danger Period can apply through the Fire Permits Victoria website at

There are very strict conditions attached to these permits and the liability sits with the permit holder to ensure they always act safely.

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