Fire Danger Period
The Country Fire Authority and Fire Rescue Victoria have advised that the restrictions on the lighting of fires as provided under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958 will be imposed in the Mornington Peninsula Shire from: Monday 14 December 2020. The Fire Danger Period typically runs to the end of April, depending on weather and environmental conditions. The completion of the Fire Danger Period will be advertised via the CFA's website.
CFA 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.
During the Declared Fire Danger Period, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Open Air Burning Local Law is superseded by the restrictions outlined in the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958:
- No fires in the open air are allowed during this time without a permit
- Suspected illegal burning off during the declared Fire Danger Period should be reported to Police on Triple Zero
- During the Declared Fire Danger Period, anywhere in the state of Victoria, a person may not light a fire in the open air, unless it is a permitted fire use as per the CFA Can I or Can’t I publication which explains restriction on the use of fire during the Declared Fire Danger Period.
The use of incinerators and activities such as welding, gas-cutting, soldering, grinding, charring and heating bitumen are also prohibited.
It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that they are aware of, and comply with, fire restriction conditions.
When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit, including on roadsides. Permits to Burn during the Fire Danger Period may be granted by the CFA or the Shire in special circumstances – if you wish to apply for a Permit to Burn contact the Shire on 1300 850 600.
Burning off without a permit may result in legal action taking place under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and the Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958 with possible fines up to $18,200.00 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
Lighting of fires during the Declared Fire Danger Period should be reported to Victoria Police by calling Triple Zero – Shire officers cannot enforce open air burning during this time.