Think before you burn – how to burn off correctly

Published on 15 May 2018

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The Declared Fire Danger Period has now ended and Mornington Peninsula Shire urges all residents to take extreme care before burning off.

Not all properties are entitled to burn off and anyone intending to conduct a burn should refer to the Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law for more information.

The CFA respond to a number of burn offs due to that fact they haven’t been logged with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) or communicated to neighbours.

The Shire also receives a significant amount of smoke nuisance complaints.
We advise residents to be considerate of your neighbours and ensure your vegetation is dead and dry.

General Fire Safety Provisions must be followed at all times, failure to do so can incur penalties.

General Fire Safety Provisions:

  • Give notice to adjoining landowners/occupiers 24 hours prior to the burn.
  • To prevent unnecessary response from fire brigades, give notice to ESTA (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority) two hours prior to the burn by calling 1800 668 511.
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material.
  • Ensure the fire is supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Ensure there is sufficient fire protection equipment available on site at all times.
  • Ensure the vegetation to be burnt is dead and dry prior to lighting (no green waste).
  • Ensure at the site of the fire, the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour (11 knots).

You can contact the Shire’s Customer Service team on 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000 to confirm the correct size of your property, and check the regulations that may apply to your land. 

For more information on the Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law visit: 

For more information on burning off safely please visit:


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