Strathbogie Shire Council

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Fire restrictions over, but danger remains

Wednesday, 2 May, 2018

**On behalf of CFA**

Although the Fire Danger Period for the municipalities of Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie is over, the threat of fire in the landscape is still a present danger. Due to drier than usual conditions for this time of year, people are advised it is easy to lose control of burn-offs.

CFA District 22 Community Education Coordinator, Fiona Ritchie said “With the extra dry conditions lingering people need to realise it’s easier to lose control of a burn-off. Take care and have water readily available at all times and ensure your burn is 100% out before you leave it. Also NEVER leave your burn-off unattended, this goes for small backyard bonfires in drums too.”

Check with your local council to make sure you’re allowed to burn off. Some councils have regulations and Local Laws to adhere to. Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is generally permitted outside the Fire Danger Period, however Local Laws on burn-offs can apply year-round. To be on the safe side it’s best to check with your local council before lighting up.

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