Other than the declaration of the Fire Danger Period by the CFA, the timing of Council's fire hazard inspection program is reliant on the grassland curing rate (this is the rate at which grass dries and becomes a hazard) of the municipality. Once the curing rate has reached between 50-60%, longer grass starts to become an issue and will bring on the beginning of the inspection program and Council will inspect the residential areas of the townships.
To reduce the effects of the program on primary producers, only land that surrounds townships is proactively inspected. This is the last area to be inspected, to try and balance out the safety of the community, whilst allowing primary producers to cut their hay before it is too unsafe to do so.
Unless there is a significant risk, primary producers are only requested to cut a fire break where their property abuts residential properties, which impacts their defendable space.
If you have received a Fire Prevention Notice, it is because the length of your grass poses a risk to the surrounding properties.
If you intend to cut your grass for hay and have received a fire prevention notice, you should contact the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 1300 229 229.