Fire danger period ends tomorrow

THE Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period will end at 1am tomorrow, in all Gippsland municipalities.

CFA assistant chief officer Trevor Owen said while the weather was beginning to cool after a long and exceptionally dry summer, people still needed to be extra cautious with fire.

“If you’re planning a burn, no matter how small, you must first check your local council’s laws about when and where you can burn off and register your burn-off on the Burn Off Notification Line on 1800 668 511, even if it’s only a heap of garden rubbish,” he said.

“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.”

People should check local by-laws and weather forecasts before burning-off and never leave burn-offs unattended.

They should also notify neighbours and phone the Burn Off Notification Line so that brigades don’t get called out unnecessarily.

They should have enough water to extinguish a possible outbreak, and create a three-metre clearance of all flammable material around the whole burn-off site.

People should also be as careful with the use of campfires during this period as they were during the Fire Danger Period.