Strathbogie Shire Council

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Fire Restrictions

Fire Danger Period

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions. The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October, and typically remains in place until fire dangers lessen, which could be as late as May. 

Please find the link below to the "Can I or Can't I?" guide from the CFA, which provides general information about what you can and can't do during declared Fire Danger Periods and on days of Total Fire Ban. PDF or Text Only

Victoria is divided into nine fire districts. Strathbogie Shire Council is located in the Northern Country Fire District. Click here to view the daily Fire Rating and weather predictions for the Northern Country.


Burning off during the Fire Danger Period - Schedule 13 Permits

During certain times during the Fire Danger Period, burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is permitted under the following conditions:

  • You have a written Schedule 13 Permit that has been issued by a Fire Prevention Office of a public authority, the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or by the CFA District office
  • You comply with the conditions of the permit
  • A person is in attendance at all times when the fire is alight and has the capacity and means to extiguish the fire
  • The fire is completely extinguished before the person leaves

The Shire of Strathbogie can issue Schedule 13 Permits during the periods advised by the CFA. Please speak with a customer contact officer to organise a permit.


Registering your burn-off

All burn-offs should be registered with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511

The following information is required when registering your burn-off:

  • Location
  • Date and expected start and finish times
  • Estimated size
  • What you intend to burn 

Burning in a Built-up Area

For more information regarding building in a built-up area please click here


Burning in a Rural Area

Properties in the Strathbogie Shire that are located in a rural zone are permitted to burn off outside the Fire Danger Period.

Before burning off:

  • Check and follow local regulations and laws set down by the CFA and Strathbogie Shire Council
  • 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

Please contact the Emergency Management Officer on 1800 065 993 if you require any further information.

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