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Published Friday 8 November 2019

Fire Danger Period now in place

With the official Country Fire Authority (CFA) Fire Danger Period beginning on Monday 11 November, residents are being reminded to stay vigilant during the summer months and to always be fire ready.

Mitchell Shire Council will no longer issue permits to burn from Wednesday 6 November when the municipal fire prevention period begins.

Mitchell Shire Council manages 1500 kilometres of roadside. To prepare for the fire season, Council conducts slashing and spraying works on Council roadsides.

The spraying program was finalised in late September and the slashing schedule kicked off last week.

Council’s local laws team will monitor slashing works during this period.

Mitchell Shire residents are also reminded to keep their properties fire-ready, with urban properties required to keep grass under 20 centimetres at all times.

Rural properties should be proactive and maintain an adequate fire break.

Council’s fire prevention program, including Fire Prevention Notices, has also begun with Highlands, Hilldene, Northwood, Pyalong, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, inspected already.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“Council works hard to protect our municipality over the summer months. Our roadside spraying slashing program will help reduce fuel loads and improve safety for all,” Cr Chisholm said.

“Landholders and tenants are expected to do their bit for the community and keep their properties fire-ready as well. We all love this community, so it is up to all of us to be responsible and committed to safeguarding the region.”

This page was last updated on 12 November 2019.