THE Fire Danger Period will start at 1am on Friday, November 17 for Campaspe Shire Council and at 1am on Monday, November 20 for City of Greater Bendigo.
CFA District 20 operations manager Peter Taylor said most forecasts indicated an above average fire season.
‘‘Little to no rain across the district since August has dried out the grassland and particularly forest areas and made them extremely vulnerable to fire.
“Reducing fuel loads will ensure that if a fire does occur, it has less chance of taking hold or spreading.
“While CFA does all it can, we look to the community to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires.”
Mr Taylor said there was still a small window of opportunity to clean up your property if you hadn’t already done so.
“Out of control burn-offs and unregistered burn-offs are a major and avoidable headache for brigades,” he said.
‘‘All burn-offs should be registered with the VicFire Burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511,’’ he said.
“Avoid burning off when high winds are forecast – not only on the day of your burn but for the days afterwards.
“For information about burn-off restrictions specific to your area consult the council.”
CFA takes a zero-tolerance approach to any unauthorised fires or fires resulting from negligent behaviour subject to police investigation.
During the Fire Danger Period (FDP), fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer.
Victorians can find out “Can I or Can’t I?” information at cfa.vic.gov.au/can or by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.