Since Saturday, CFA has responded to more than 35 burn-off related calls across the state, some which were out of control and others that turned out to be false alarms.
“If people register their burn-offs, we know what is happening in that area, which is very helpful when brigades are being dispatched to jobs,” CFA State Duty Officer Craig Brownlie said.
“It reduces the chances of CFA being called out to a false alarm when the public calls about a fire they have seen.
“The community needs to understand that, for the most part, we’re talking about volunteers who have to leave their work or spend time away from their family by responding to false alarms.”
Mr Brownlie said although the Fire Danger Period was still to be introduced in many parts of the state, residents should also be aware of council burn-off by-laws.
He added that people should also be careful with their burn-offs when weather heats up, including over the next few days with temperatures of up to 35 degrees predicted.
“During these conditions it is important the community take extreme care when burning off. If a fire is left unattended in windy conditions it can spread quickly and can burn into bushland or onto neighbouring properties,” Mr Brownlie said.
“People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire - never be complacent.”
A few simple steps landowners must take when burning off:
- Be aware of your council burn off by-laws;
- Register the burn with CFA on 1800 668 511;
- Check weather conditions;
- Tell your neighbours when you plan to burn-off to avoid brigades being called out unnecessarily by a neighbour or passer-by;
- Never leave a burn off unattended and;
- Ensure water is nearby in case a burn-off escapes.
People should also leave a 3 metre fire break, free of flammable materials around any burn-off.
If your burn-off does get out of control please call ‘000’ immediately.
For more information about burning-off, check www.cfa.vic.gov.au