Fire Danger Period declared for Peninsula
Published on 06 January 2022
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has declared a Fire Danger Period on the Mornington Peninsula from 10 January 2022.
A Fire Danger Period is a time of increased fire danger, but it is not the same thing as a Total Fire Ban. The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period in the lead up to or during the summer season, depending on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.
The CFA restricts the use of fire in the community during the Fire Danger Period to help prevent fires from starting. You cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements. The Mornington Peninsula Shire's local law on open air burning is superseded at this time.
Activities that have restrictions or conditions during this period include:
• use of barbeques and campfires, wood fires and rotisseries
• use of power tools and machinery including chainsaws, lawn mowers and grass trimmers
• activities such as welding, grinding and soldering
• use of farm machinery
• driving a vehicle in places where the vehicle will be in contact with crops or vegetation.
To find out what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period visit Can I or Can't I?
Total Fire Bans will be declared by the CFA's Chief Officer on days of heightened fire danger. To find out what you can and can't do on days of Total Fire Ban visit Can I or Can't I?
Now is a good time to prepare yourself and your property for an emergency. For more information on fire preparedness visit Emergency Preparedness
Quotes attributable to Mayor, Anthony Marsh:
“I urge people to pay attention to the restrictions over the Fire Danger Period and ensure you check with the Shire or CFA if you require more information on conditions applying to specific activities.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish our community, including many visitors to the Peninsula, a safe and happy summer.”