An early fire danger period has caught out several residents of Mount Alexander Shire.
Castlemaine police have reminded people that the fire danger period has begun in Mount Alexander, which means lighting fires without a permit is illegal.
Sergeant Trevor Bailey said police have issued summons to three people for having fires lit.
Sergeant Bailey said that many people believe the restrictions will begin in in a couple of weeks, whereas they actually began on Monday.
He wanted to offer “just a friendly reminder” that the fire danger period had begun.
“In some areas [fire restrictions] came in early this year, people aren’t are that it’s actually in place,” Sergeant Bailey said.
“Unfortunately with the zero tolerance for fires most people will receive a summons.”
The CFA has warned of a “zero-tolerance” approach to any fires started from negligent behaviour.
A dry winter and forecasts for dry summer have meant council areas throughout District 02 have enter the fire danger period earlier than normal this year.
During the fire danger period fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from the CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer.
More information at: cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can
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