Don’t let the weather fool you – the Fire Danger Period is still on
Published on 03 February 2020
Even though conditions have been cooler lately, the Fire Danger Period is still in place
Here are some tips for preparing yourself and your property at the risk of a fire:
Plan for all scenarios
Understand your risk and plan ahead.
Know the weather forecast for the coming days; hot, dry and windy days increase the fire danger.
Have a plan for each high risk day, especially Total Fire Ban Days.
Think through the “what ifs”: what will you do if your car won’t start? The wind changes direction? Roads are blocked? Don’t let your plan rest on a last-minute unplanned escape.
Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there.
Prepare your property
A big clean up before the fire season or right now can make a huge difference to the survival of your home in a bushfire, maintaining this work throughout the season is just as important – keep trees, overhanging branches and shrubs to a minimum near your home, particularly around and under windows.
Keep grass, leaf litter, shrubs and any other fuels to a minimum under trees on your property. This will help to reduce the chance of a fire reaching tree canopies, which will reduce embers and the fire intensity near your home.
For information on how to stay safe this summer, visit emergency.vic.gov.au or ring the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.
How the Shire has prepped the Peninsula for the bushfire season
The Shire undertakes fire management works in our bushland, foreshore and road reserves.
Fire management works aim to reduce fuel hazard and risk to neighbouring properties from potential bushfires.
The works typically consist of slashing, removing or trimming vegetation to reduce connectivity between shrubs and trees, and removing fallen, dead branches.
Fire management works are carried out in Fire Management Zones, which are generally located around reserve boundaries adjacent to assets and in high bushfire risk areas.
Fire Management Zones are inspected annually to identify works required to reduce the overall fuel hazard to acceptable limits.
The Shire also undertakes planned burning, reserve patrols on days of total fire ban and community engagement as part of our reserves fire management program.
Fire Danger Period reminder
Each year during the warmer months, the Fire Services declare a Fire Danger Period. This period typically runs from December through to the end of April, depending on weather and environmental conditions.
The fire services declare the Fire Danger Period at the onset of warmer weather to help prevent fires from starting as dry vegetation and hot weather increase the incidence of fires accidentally starting and spreading.
When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit.
It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that they are aware of, and comply with, fire restriction conditions.
Lighting of fires during the Declared Fire Danger Period should be reported to Victoria Police by calling triple 000 – Shire officers cannot enforce open air burning during this time.
If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, the lighting of fires or solid fuel heaters and barbecues is illegal.
For information on what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Period and on Days of Total Fire Ban visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can