CFA warns North East residents to take care when burning off

Conditions can still change quickly
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CFA is urging residents in the North East to take extreme care when burning off as temperatures begin to cool.
CFA operations manager Colin Brown said residents needed to be reminded to register their burn-off and check the local conditions on the day.
“Even if you have registered your burn, conditions can change quickly, and fires can get out of control within minutes, Mr Brown said.
CFA manager of community safety Darren Viney said residents are reminded that the Fire Danger Period is still in force, and anyone wishing to burn off will require a permit from their local council or CFA and residents should also be aware of council local laws.
“We’re also reminding people to always register their burn-offs so we know what is happening in the area, especially if brigades are being called to fires, “Mr Viney said.
“It reduces the chances of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area.”
He also added that people should never leave a burn-off unattended as it’s the resident’s responsibility to ensure that it does not get out of control.
Keep your burn-off safe and legal:
Check fire restrictions with your local council and register your burn on 1800 668 511;
Check and monitor weather conditions, particularly wind;
To avoid unnecessary calls to emergency services, notify your neighbours beforehand;
Leave a three metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn;
Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading;
Never leave a burn-off unattended and stay for its entire duration;
If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately.
For more information about burning off, go to cfa.vic.gov.au/burnoff.


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