Fire restrictions for remaining Gippsland shires
CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria are introducing fire restrictions for Latrobe City, Baw Baw, South Gippsland, Bass Coast Shires and French Island, starting from 1.00 am on Monday the 19th of November 2018 and continuing until the 1st of May 2019 unless stated otherwise.
CFA’s Assistant Chief Officer, Trevor Owen said: “Following the introduction of the restrictions no fires can be lit on private land without a permit.
“To protect community safety, permits are subject to stringent conditions and can be obtained from your CFA District office,” Mr Owen said.
“The community needs to be fire ready – especially those living in high risk areas. Fire restrictions are in place for a reason – to help prevent fires from starting.”
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kelly Rash said: “Fire is a natural part of our environment and Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, with days of extreme fire danger every year.”
“We have consulted local communities about planning and risk management, working with many to prepare their Local Incident Management Plans,” Ms Rash said.
“It’s critical that residents understand and comply with these fire restrictions to help reduce the risk of bushfires, like the ones we’ve already seen in East Gippsland.”
"We urge residents to make preparation for fire a habit so they are not caught unprepared when bushfires strike.”
“Prepare your property, prepare yourself and prepare your family for fire. Have a fire plan in place and most importantly, practise it.” “It’s up to you to check Fire Danger Ratings every day in summer – these help you know when the conditions are dangerous enough to enact your fire plan. Remember that if you can see smoke,
you’re leaving it too late. A fire that is miles away could be at your door in minutes.”
To find out more about getting ready for the fire season visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call 1800 226226.