Fire danger warning

POLICE and the Country Fire Authority have expressed their disappointment after an Epsom property owner was caught burning off, despite restrictions.

Four CFA units were called to the property on Saturday at 3pm to extinguish the out-of-control blaze.

Fire restrictions were declared in the City of Greater Bendigo on December 2.

The fire danger period means people cannot light a fire in the open air unless they have a permit. 

This includes burning off.

Senior Sergeant Craig Gaffee said police were taking a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to fire danger.

“The property owner was burning off grass and timber in the open paddock,” he said.

“Not even a week had passed since the restrictions had been enforced.

"The owner put their neighbours at risk."

Sergeant Gaffee said the incident was being investigated and the property owner would be charged with applicable offences.

District 2 operations manager Craig Brittain said it had been well publicised when restrictions were being enforced.

“Together with Victoria Police and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, the CFA is taking a zero-tolerance policy,” he said.

“For the past four or five years we have taken this policy, so it is nothing new.

“It is disappointing that this person has not taken the advice.”

Mr Brittain said there were no second chances for people who burn off without having a permit.

"This is a timely warning," he said. 

"This will serve as a reminder to the community."

Restrictions have also been declared in the Buloke, Campaspe, Loddon, Gannawarra, Mount Alexander and Central Goldfields shires. 

The Macedon Ranges fire danger period has not been declared. 

For more information on restrictions visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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