Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period Declared for Baw Baw

Published on 24 November 2017

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has declared the official Fire Danger Period for Baw Baw Shire to commence on Monday 4 December 2017 until Tuesday 1 May 2018 unless stated otherwise.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has also declared this time frame as the Seasonal Prohibited Period for Baw Baw Shire.

Burning off during the declared Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period is restricted under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014.

Residents who intend on burning off during the Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period will require a permit issued by either the CFA or DELWP. Residents are required to contact the CFA for a permit to burn in open air, unless they live within 1.5 kilometres of public land, where an authority (permit) to burn is required which can be obtained from a local DELWP office.

The Fire Danger Period also applies to neighbouring Gippsland areas in Latrobe City, South Gippsland, Bass Coast Shires and the French Island.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Joe Gauci is reminding residents that more stringent regulations apply to open air burning during the declared Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period.

“Victoria is a bushfire prone region, and as a Shire surrounded by vast grassy fields and areas of dense bushland, it’s important that all residents are aware of open air burning regulations so we can stay safe during the declared Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period”, said the Mayor.

“While Council’s open air burning restrictions apply year-round, during this period the CFA and DELWP restrictions take precedence due to the heightened threat of fire in the warmer months.

“Council's open air burning local laws do not apply during the declared Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period.

“If in doubt, do not light a fire. To find out what restrictions apply to your property or where permits may be necessary, contact your local CFA or DELWP office who will be able to provide clarification.”

For more information go to Burning Off, Country Fire Authority or Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.