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CFA-declared fire danger period for Baw Baw Shire starts on 10 Jan 2022

The CFA-declared Fire Danger Period will commence at 1.00am on Monday, 10 January 2022.

By news@gippsland - 5th January 2022 - Back to News

Baw Baw Shire residents and property owners should ensure their property is well prepared and bushfire risk is minimised in anticipation of the upcoming fire season. When the Fire Danger Period has been declared across the municipality, fire restrictions will come into force. During this period a written permit from the CFA is required to burn in the open air with some conditions in place.

Council's Fire Hazard Inspection Program aims to reduce bushfire risk to the community, reduce fire spread and intensity in the event of a bushfire and fulfil relevant legislative obligations

Council's Fire Hazard Inspection Program aims to reduce bushfire risk to the community, reduce fire spread and intensity in the event of a bushfire and fulfil relevant legislative obligations

Ensuring safety of community and properties

Council's Fire Hazard Inspection Program is in place to ensure properties across the Shire do not pose a risk to community safety. The program, which is currently underway, focuses on protecting homes and buildings by reducing fuel loads in line with CFA guidelines.

As part of its legal obligations, council undertakes annual assessments throughout the Shire and where necessary, issues Fire Prevention Notices to properties deemed a fire risk. The notices direct property owners or occupiers to remove or clean up vegetation or other combustible materials on their land.

Focused on preparation and maintenance

Reducing the vegetation from around the property is one of the most important things residents can do to minimise fire risk. Tidying leaves, twigs, bark and other undergrowth, and cutting long grass and weeds, should be the focus of any preparation and maintenance work to reduce fuel loads.

Residents can use their green waste bins or organise a drop off at one of Council's Transfer Stations. Additionally, residents can seek help from contractors to assist with maintaining their properties. When travelling through the region this summer period, all visitors are reminded to take note of fire restrictions in force relating to campfires and barbecues.

Minimising the community risk

Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "With the Fire Danger Period soon to be introduced across the Shire, it is crucial that each and every one of us are aware of the restrictions in place.

"We all can play a key role in minimising the risk to our community and our properties by being well prepared and clearing unnecessary waste. If you are unfamiliar with the dos and don'ts during the declared Fire Danger Period, I encourage you to visit the CFA website." Cr Leaney said.

For more information about the Fire Danger Period please visit the CFA website. A list of frequently asked questions about Council's Fire Hazard Inspection Program can be found on the Council's FAQs website.

Pictures from CFA (Country Fire Authority) Facebook page.


Source: http://gippsland.com/

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