The fire danger period (FDP) will finish at 1.00am on Monday 29 April in the following municipalities;
- Campaspe Shire Council
- Gannawarra Shire Council
- Loddon Shire Council
District 20 Acting Operations Manager Mick Lavery emphasised that although the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is important to remain vigilant.
A/OM Lavery stated that fire restrictions are still in force in District 20 until 1.00am on 29 April and that a zero tolerance policy will continue to be enforced for people responsible for illegal fires.
“Residents that wish to conduct burn-offs on their private properties need to follow some basic rules; register your burn-offs first and foremost, check weather conditions and monitor the wind, and follow local council laws and regulations.”
A/OM Lavery also highlighted the need for landowners to openly communicate with authorities and neighbours.
“As well as registering your burn-offs with ESTA, you need to alert your neighbours to the fact that they may see smoke on the set dates.”
“It’s extremely annoying when CFA crews are forced to waste resources responding to false alarms because people are not registering their burn-offs.
“By registering your burn-off, when somebody reports that they’ve spotted smoke, the incident will be cross-checked with the burn-off register and prevent an angry CFA crew showing up on your door.”
“False alarms take crews away from family, friends, work and other potential emergencies.”