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Last chance to burn off as preparations take shape for fire season

Thursday 20 September, 2018

Mitchell Shire Council fire restrictions begin on 1 October meaning this Wednesday (26 September) and Saturday (29 September) will be the last days for most people to burn off without a permit.

People in residential, semi-rural and urban growth areas (on less than 0.4 hectares or about 1 acre) can burn off from 10am to 3pm this Wednesday and Saturday. People in rural areas and in urban growth areas on land more than 0.4 hectares can burn off any day until 1 October.

After 1 October, burning off will require a Council permit. Once the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared, permits will not be issued.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said burning off now was an important way to prepare properties ahead of the fire season.

““We live in a high fire risk area and we allow people to burn off from the end of the CFA fire danger period to 1 October to help reduce fuel loads before the fire season begins,” Cr Sanderson said.

“From 1 October, we will consider issuing permits in some circumstances until the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared. After that, in the interests of protecting community safety, we will not issue permits.”

Cr Sanderson said property owners were required to maintain their land in a safe condition throughout the fire danger period.

“We’ve sent reminder letters to property owners who have previously received fire prevention notices and we’ll be carrying out inspections and issuing fire prevention notices as needed,” she said.

“Council is also doing its bit with the annual roadside fire prevention slashing program starting soon. We also have an ongoing maintenance program for our public open spaces.

“To help property owners reduce fuel loads once fire restrictions are in place, we also provide green waste disposal at our resource recovery centres (fees apply). We will also be offering free green waste drop offs in November each week for two days a week at each site (conditions apply).”

For more information on burning off, please visit our Burning Off page. For information on preparing your property for the fire season, please visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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