The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will finish at 1.00am on Tuesday, 6 April in the following municipalities in CFA’s District 16:
- Ararat Rural City Council
- Pyrenees Shire Council
- Northern Grampians 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 season.
Much of Victoria will continue to experience milder conditions and lower bushfire potential over the coming months.
CFA District 16 Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Bernie Fradd said with the heat of summer behind us and good rainfall, it is an appropriate time to ease restrictions around burn-offs.
“Autumn conditions across the district have been mild and our fire danger is reducing accordingly,” he said.
ACFO Fradd 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,” ACFO Fradd 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.