THE City of Greater Bendigo is calling on residents to use open air burning for wood and timber disposal as a last resort.
While the fire danger period is ending in the region on March 30, the city's safe and healthy environments manager Caroline Grylls said burning in open air should be limited.
"In the current environment where there is potential for people to contract coronavirus, which particularly impacts lungs and airways, we wish to provide every person the best opportunity to remain healthy without being impacted by unnecessary smoke and poor air quality," Ms Grylls said.
"There are some instances where open air burning is unavoidable and permit applications will be considered."
Ms Grylls encouraged people to look at alternative methods like mulching, using green bins, or taking green waste to local transfer stations.
Residents found to be burning off without a permit or in breach of the city's Community Local Law or CFA regulations could be issued with fines.
Ms Grylls said residents could find more information about permit requirements at bendigo.vic.gov.au. Residents could also call the CFA Burn Off Notification Line on 1800 668 511.
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