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VICTORIA’S TOTAL FIRE BAN DISTRICTS

 

Victoria will have nine Total Fire Ban (TFB) districts again this fire season to align with the nine Victorian Bureau of Meteorology weather districts.

CFA  Chief Officer Euan Ferguson says that people need to know TFB districts. “Total Fire Bans are declared by district and it is important that people know which district they are in,”

“To stay safe this fire season, you need to know if there is a TFB in your district.”

Total Fire Bans are declared by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and be difficult to control. They can be declared either state-wide or in certain districts on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High, Severe, Extreme or Code Red.

People will be alerted to TFB by their local media and on the CFA website.

For details on the TFB districts and information on what you can and can’t do on TFB days visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

 

General Advice on a Day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and Equipment

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your CFA Regional Office. See: Obtaining a Permit

All barbecues which use solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes are banned. This includes closed oven or kettle-type appliances.

Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing:

  • the barbecue is electric or gas fired
  • the barbecue is fixed permanent structure
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbeque is completely cleared of flammable material
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a hose connected to a reticulated water supply or vessel containing at least 10 litres of water is on hand.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided:

  • the barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings)
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbeque is completely cleared of flammable material
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a hose connected to a reticulated water supply or vessel containing at least 10 litres of water is on hand.

Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your CFA Regional Office.

 

Lighting fires during the Fire Danger Period

Extreme caution is necessary throughout the Fire Danger Period because dry vegetation and hot weather increase the risk of fires accidentally igniting and spreading.

Fires in the open air are restricted throughout the Fire Danger Period

A general prohibition applies to the lighting of fires except when:

  • A permit has been issued. Find out more about permits...
  • The fire is lit for cooking or warmth, subject to certain conditions
  • Burning refuse in an incinerator
  • Welding, cutting or grinding subject to conditions
  • Fire is used for other industrial purposes subject to conditions

Can I or Can't I? is an information sheet which explains these restrictions in more detail

Note: Local municipalities may also place restrictions on lighting fires.  For more information on local burning off laws visit

http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/files/Open_Air_Burning.pdf

 

Lighting fires outside the declared Fire Danger Period

Although CFA places no restrictions on the lighting of fires in the open air during this time, lighting of fires may be fully or partly restricted under legislation and bylaws administered by municipalities and Department of Sustainability and Environment. Contact them for details.

How do I obtain a permit for activity during the Fire Danger Period?

Note: Permits are NOT VALID on a day of TOTAL FIRE BAN

Permits to burn during the Fire Danger Period under the CFA Act are generally issued by local municipalities and may be subject to additional requirements imposed by that municipality. These permits generally apply to the burning of grass, scrub and other vegetation for essential agricultural and industrial purposes.

Permits for lighting fires for other purposes, for example industrial burning, cutting etc, must be obtained from CFA. Find out more about permits...

 
 
 
 
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