Fire Danger Period is ending

THE Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period will end in the Wellington, Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast municipalities at 1am next Tuesday, May 1.

CFA assistant chief officer Trevor Owen said there had been a long and exceptionally dry summer.

“Although the weather is starting to cool down a little, people still need to careful,” he said.

“Ring the Vicfire Burn Off Line on 1800 668 511 before conducting any burns and use common sense.

“Any fire left unattended in windy conditions can spread into bushland, onto a neighbour’s property or into other materials which could cause untold damage.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Gippsland assistant chief fire officer Chris Stephenson said people enjoying the region’s National Parks and state forests should still be careful with the use of campfires.

“We’ve had too many bushfires caused by campfires this season,” he said.

“If people are in any doubt about the use of fire on private or public land, the best thing they can do seek advice from either CFA or Forest Fire Management Victoria.”

Information about fire restrictions is available in CFA’s ‘Can I or Can’t I’ brochure available at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/restrictions or by phoning the Emergency Vic Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Restrictions in East Gippsland Shire remain in place until 1am on Monday, May 14.