07 December 2016 17:30
Fire Restrictions Begin Monday 12 December –Prepare Now
CFA has announced that the Fire Danger Period.
Fire Danger Period Announced:
The CFA has announced that the Fire Danger Period (fire restrictions) for the City of Ballarat will take effect on Monday the 12th of December 2016; after that date residents must not burn off without a permit, including on road sides.
On days of Total Fire Ban, NO fires can be lit in the open from midnight to midnight; fixed and portable gas or electric barbecues can be used, however conditions apply and in some cases a permit may be required. The use of incinerators and activities such as welding, gas-cutting, soldering, grinding, charring and heating bitumen are also prohibited.
The CFA is responsible for declaring the Fire Restriction Period each year; it normally ends on 1May, but may be brought forward depending on weather conditions.
When fire restrictions are in force landowners must obtain a permit to burn by contacting City of Ballarat Customer Service on 5320 5500.
Permits are only issued for broad acre burning (farming purposes).
People undertaking any burning off (open air fires) in the municipality must ensure fire does not escape from the burn area. When conducting a burn off it must be monitored at all times with sufficient water to extinguish and control the fire.
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Council’s Fire Prevention Officers now carrying out inspections:
Council’s Fire Prevention officers are currently inspecting properties for possible fire hazards.
If a fire hazard is identified a Fire Prevention Notice may be issued under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, requiring for the property owner to undertake works to reduce the risk; these notices are a legal directive and failure to comply will result in fines of $1,555.00.
Court action may be taken with maximum fines of $18,655.00 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
It is now time to cut grass and mange fire hazards on your property to protect yourself, your family and your neighbours; any costs relating to non-compliance of a Fire Prevention Notice will be passed back to the owner for payment.
New Emergency App:
Last month Emergency Management Victoria launched a new App to replace the old fire ready app; it covers all emergencies and other key information.
Prepare your property, protect against fire:
Heavy rainfalls in recent months have resulted in abundant growth of vegetation in many areas; as the weather warms up things will dry out quickly increasing the risk of fires.
Now is the time to prepare your property.
- Keep grass cut low
- Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home
- Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter
- Keep woodpiles away from the house