THE CFA has confirmed that the Fire Danger Period for Bendigo and surrounds will begin on Monday.
The Fire Danger Period will take effect from 1am in the City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields Shire and Mount Alexander Shire municipalities. CFA operations manager Mark Gilmore said residents should already be preparing for the bushfire season.
“Preventing fires is something that every member of the community should see as their responsibility,” he said.
The Fire Danger Period is based on local conditions and takes into account the weather, rainfall, fuel moisture, fuel loads and grassland curing.
The period means that fires cannot be lit in open air without a permit from a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or the CFA.
“Property owners or managers are also reminded to apply for any permits well in advance if they are planning to carry out essential work during the Fire Danger Period,” Mr Gilmore said.
Residents and businesses may apply for permits to burn off during this period: the Schedule 13 permit, which allows residents to burn off grass, weeds and other vegetation; and the Schedule 14 permit, which allows businesses to burn waste such as industrial waste and dead stock.
But both Schedule 13 and 14 permits are invalid on days of Total Fire Ban. For more information about the Fire Danger Period visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au