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Warning Over Burn Offs

Warning Over Burn Offs

CFA Urging Residents To Be Cautious With Burn Offs

With the fire restrictions lifting across the south west last week, the Country Fire Authority has warned residents to be mindful when it comes to burning off.

Acting Chief Officer Freeman says that while the Fire Danger Period was officially over, it was still important that residents check the local conditions before commencing any burning off any materials.

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"Conditions can change quickly and fires can get out of control within minutes in dry and windy conditions"

“The effects of an out-of-control fire can be devastating and we want everyone to exercise extreme caution.”

CFA also suggests to people to always register their burn-offs through the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au so Triple Zero operators know what is happening in the area.

Acting Chief Officer Freeman says it helps to avoid unnecessary callouts.

“It reduces the chances of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area.”

Freeman also added that people should never leave a burn-off unattended in case the burn off does become out of control.

“If a burn off does get out of control, call ‘000’ immediately. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire, and never be complacent."

Some advice to keep your burn off safe and legal:

· Check fire restrictions in your area and always register your burn on 1800 668 511

· Check and monitor weather conditions – particularly wind

· Warn your neighbours beforehand that there will be smoke in the air

· Leave a three-metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn

· Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading

· Never leave a burn-off unattended – stay for its entire duration

· If your burn-off gets out of control, call ‘000’ immediately

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