The Fire Danger Period began on Monday, November 9, throughout the Moorabool, Ballarat, Golden Plains and Hepburn Shires.
During the Fire Danger Period, fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or Moorabool’s Fire Prevention Officer.
It is up to local residents to use common sense and help prevent fires in our region. There will be a zero tolerance approach to any fires resulting from negligent behaviour.
Summers in our region are hot and dry, which are major risk factors for bushfires, so everyone is urged to learn about reducing bushfire risks and pay attention to local fire warnings.
Even if you think the weather is ok to light a fire, heat and wind could potentially reignite a fire, meaning that you could be putting lives and properties at risk.
Not knowing that a Fire Danger Period has begun is not an excuse, and anyone in the Moorabool Shire who lights a fire during a fire danger period may risk facing criminal charges.
If anyone in the area notices any fires, you are urged to report them by calling 000 immediately.
If you would like any information about what you can or can’t do during a fire danger period, you can find information at cfa.vic.gov.au/can or by calling 1800 240 667.
All burn-offs should be registered with the VicFire burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511.