Remain vigilant when burning off


Council is reminding residents to consider several factors before planning a burn-off on their property following the end of the official Fire Danger Period for the shire.

The CFA lifted fire restrictions for Macedon Ranges Shire on 1 May. Residents are able to burn off on their properties without a permit, subject to local regulations. Under Council’s Local Law burning off is prohibited on land less than 4,000 square metres (one acre).

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Manager Community Safety, Anne-Louise Lindner said although we have had some rain, it has been a long dry summer and residents should consider whether they really need to burn off.

“If residents plan to burn off they must comply with local law conditions depending on their land size,” she said.

“Register your burn off by calling 1800 668 511, monitor your fire, don’t burn directly under overhanging branches and most importantly, monitor your burn off for a least seven days afterwards to ensure it is fully extinguished. Burn offs must be extinguished with water, not by burial.”

Large landholders who wish to conduct a burn that does not fit the conditions outlined in Council’s Local Law should contact Council’s Fire Management Officer on 5422 0333 to discuss and apply for a free permit to burn.

Free disposal of larger loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) is available at Council’s transfer stations.

For more information about burning off in the Macedon Ranges outside the Fire Danger Period, call Council on 5422 0333 or see: Burning Off.

For details on preparing your property for fire prevention purposes, see: Fire Ready.

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