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Permits to burn for agricultural purposes, permitted

CFA recommends permits to burn for agricultural purposes


Country Fire Authority District 22 Operations Manager Tony Owen has recommended to Strathbogie Shire Council that conditions are now suitable for the consideration of applications for permits to burn under Schedule 13 of the CFA Act.

This recommendation also applies to the Moira and Greater Shepparton areas.

Schedule 13 Permits for the burning of grass, stubble or vegetation may be issued for agricultural purposes from this week.

Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period is permitted only if the land holder has a written permit issued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Prevention Officer of a public authority or by the CFA District 22 office.

A permit is only valid if all conditions are followed, including light up times, notifications, weather conditions and required means of extinguishment.

Before burning off:

  • Obtain a permit from Council or CFA and comply with all permit conditions
  • Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn
  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
  • Check the fuel moisture conditions
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively

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