CFA and DSE lift fire restrictions in Latrobe City and Wellington shires
8 March 2011
From 1.00am on Monday March 14, landholders and residents in the Latrobe City and Wellington shires will no longer require a permit to burn off on private property.
Mr Rankin reminded landholders that they must still apply due care and attention to carrying out their fire prevention works, despite restrictions no longer being in force.
"Landholders should monitor weather conditions closely before they light up, notify their neighbours, maintain appropriate firebreaks and adequately resource any burning activities," Mr Rankin said.
“Any burn-off should be registered before lighting up by calling the VicFire Burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511. This ensures that volunteer fire brigades are not turned out to your burn-off unnecessarily.”
“Residents who live in towns should also contact their local Municipality to check if their planned burn-off is covered by local by-laws.”
DSE’s Land and Fire Area Manager, David Tainsh said every precaution must be taken with private burning operations, particularly those close to public land.
"We would appreciate landowners adjacent to public land letting DSE know when they’re burning, so that fire agencies are not inadvertently called out to burns on private property,” Mr Tainsh said.
If you adjoin public land, you may wish to discuss complementary works with your local DSE Fire Management Officer and get advice about planning a fuel reduction burn on your land or undertaking joint burns on the boundary.
You can also get advice about putting in fire breaks and the best place for these on the boundary with public land.