The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will finish at 1.00am on Monday, 15 March in the following municipalities within CFA’s South East region:
Baw Baw Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council
Cardinia Shire Council
City of Casey
East Gippsland Shire Council
Frankston City Council
Greater Dandenong Council
Kingston City Council (CFA area)
Latrobe City Council
Mornington Peninsula Shire
South Gippsland Shire Council
Wellington Shire Council
According to the latest Australian Seasonal Outlook, above average summer rainfall has led to a reduced bushfire risk for autumn.
These conditions have led to a reduced fire activity in both grasslands and forests this summer.
Much of Victoria will continue to experience milder conditions and lower bushfire potential over the coming months.
CFA Deputy Chief Officer South East Trevor Owen said, “Victoria’s south east has been fortunate to receive some great rainfall over the past several months, reducing the bushfire risk in many parts of Gippsland”.
“However, some of our forested areas along the edge of the Great Divide remain quite dry and I’d urge caution to any landowners who are conducting burn-offs over the next month,” he said.
DCO Owen emphasised that while the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is still important to remain vigilant.
“We’re urging everyone to stay safe, whether you’re living in or travelling to high bushfire risk areas,” he said.
“Please monitor the conditions on hot, dry and windy days, as we may still see some days of elevated fire risk.”
While the Fire Danger Period will come to an end, it is still important that residents check the local conditions are safe for any burn-off they were considering undertaking.
“You must register your burn-offs, check weather conditions and follow local council laws and regulations,” DCO Owen said
“Registering your burn-off ensures that if somebody reports smoke, the incident will be cross-checked with the burn-off register, which will then prevent CFA crews wasting resources and showing up at your door.”
Landowners can now register their burn-off online at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au.