Fire Danger Period - What can I do?
When is the Fire Danger period in Corangamite Shire?
The Fire Danger Period in Corangamite Shire will commence on 12 December 2016. No burning off will be permitted within the Shire without a permit.
What is a Fire Danger Period?
This is a time of year when the fire danger risk is deemed to be high by the CFA. This period extends from late spring, through summer and into autumn, when conditions are dry and hot.
The CFA advertises the date of commencement of the FDP in local newspapers. The commencement and finish of the FDP can be different from Shire to Shire, so inquiries should always be made if you intend to burn or if you see fires burning during the FDP.
What can I or can't I do?
No burning is permitted during the FDP unless a fire permit has been obtained. Corangamite Shire is authorised to issue these permits (however, generally none will be issued during December, January and February). Successful applicants must comply with permit conditions, with non-compliance of the CFA Act attracting heavy penalties.
During the Fire Danger Period, fires in the open are subject to legal restrictions. No burning at all in towns. A Fact Sheet has been prepared by the CFA which advises what can or can't be done during the Fire Danger period and on days of total fire ban. You can download a copy from the CFA website.
Campfires on public land
In State Forests, National Parks and other reserves, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DEWLP) fire restrictions remain in force all year round. Contact DEWLP and Parks Victoria to obtain further advice about what campfire restrictions may apply.
More information about fire restrictions can be obtained from the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.