While CFA understands there are no burn-off restrictions in place at this time of year, the community needs to consider the weather conditions and act accordingly.
CFA State Duty Officer Tony Bearzatto said the wild weather today has already caused power lines to come down and grass fires to ignite from burn-offs at several locations across the state, particularly in the Gippsland region.
“Temperatures don’t need to be high for a grass fire to spread. The gale force winds we’re seeing today are enough for a grass fire to take off,” he said.
“Grassfires travel faster than you can run and in no time, they can destroy properties and even kill.
“Live power lines are also very dangerous and can start fires very quickly. CFA is currently attending several grass fire incidents caused by power lines coming down,” he said.
While CFA encourages the community to clean up around their properties before summer, people need to be aware that burning-off is not suitable in these high wind conditions.