Fire restrictions announced for parts of North East

The Fire Danger Period will begin at 01.00am on Monday 28 October 2019 in the following municipalities in CFA’s North East Region:

  • Greater Shepparton City Council (District 22)
  • Moira Shire Council (District 22)
  • Strathbogie Shire Council (District 22)
  • Benalla Rural City Council (District 23)
  • Mansfield Shire Council (District 23)
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council (District 23)
  • Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (District 23)

Fire restrictions announced for parts of North East

The Fire Danger period will end in all six municipalities and the resort management board area on 1 May, 2020, unless otherwise stated.

The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for Southern Australia released in late August identified potential for above normal bushfire activity across the coastal and foothill forests of East Gippsland, and the risk that ash forests in the central highlands and Otways may dry out faster and become more flammable than normal during summer.

Across the rest of Victoria, normal bushfire activity is expected, but CFA reminds Victorians that even an average fire season in the state can be a bad one.

CFA District 22 Operations Manager Tony Owen said low winter rainfall across the Goulburn means the grass and bush are dry.

“The fire potential is further increased by Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that the next three months will be drier and warmer than average,” he said.

“What little rain we have had has given good grass growth on roadsides and unmanaged areas, so we have good fuels in place with the potential of a busy grass fire season, couple that with very dry bush areas and we are looking at a very busy and hazardous fire season for firefighters and our emergency management partners,” Mr Owen said.

District 23 Operations Commander and Fire Investigator Trevor Ebbels added that below average autumn and winter rainfall has also significantly impacted forested areas.

“We’ve had a couple of instances where fires have commenced to run in locations where there had been snow cover for a couple of months. This is indicative of how dry the soils and vegetation are,” he said.

“While CFA and its partner agencies Parks Victoria, Forest Fire Management, DELWP and Emergency Management Victoria are doing everything we can to prepare for the bushfire season, we look to the community to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires.”

Mr Owen and Mr Ebbels urged North East residents to use the short window of opportunity to clean up their property if they haven’t already done so.

“Act now! Help mitigate the risk of fire in our community; reducing fuel loads now will ensure that if a fire does break out, it has less chance of taking hold or spreading,” Mr Owen said.

“People need to be aware that if using fire to clean up around their properties they need to register these on 1800 668 511. So far this year, out-of-control burn-offs and unregistered burn-offs have already caused unnecessary call-outs to for brigades.

“You should not burn off when winds are high or high winds are forecast – not only on the day of your burn but for the days afterwards.

/CFA News Release. View in full here.