Fire Danger Period
CFA have declared that the Fire Danger Period will commence on Monday 19 November 2018. CFA have advised that the restrictions on the lighting of fires as provided under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 will be imposed in the Mornington Peninsula Shire from:
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During the Declared Fire Danger Period, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Open Air Burning Local Law is superseded by the restrictions outlined in the Country Fire Authority Act (1958):
- 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 or I Can’t I publication which explains restriction on the use of fire during the Declared Fire Danger Period.
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.
Burning off outside of the Fire Danger Period may be permitted and depends on your property size – see our Open Air Burning page for more details.
Each year during the warmer months, the CFA declares a Fire Restriction Period. This period typically runs from December through to the end of April, depending on weather and environmental conditions.
When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit, including on roadsides.
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.
Please see General Purposes Local Law - Open Air Burning to see if you require a permit, and if what you wish to burn is allowed.
If you wish to apply for a Permit to burn contact Customer Service 1300 850 600. People undertaking any burning off (open air fires) in the municipality must ensure that the fire does not escape from the burn area. When conducting a burn off the General Fire Safety Provision must be followed.
Applying for a Permit to Burn
Within the declared Fire Restriction Period
If you wish to light a fire in the open air for burning-off purposes when the declared Fire Restriction Period is in force, the CFA Act (1958) requires that you apply for and obtain a Permit to Burn. See our Open Air Burning page for more details.
Burning off without a permit may result in legal action taking place under the CFA Act 1958 with possible fines up to $18,200.00 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
General Fire Safety Provisions
- Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
- Log your burn off by calling 1800 668 511(to prevent unnecessary attendance by CFA or the Mornington Peninsula Shire Rangers)
- Ensure the fire is supervised at all times
- Ensure you have sufficient fire protection equipment on site at all times
- Ensure the vegetation is dead and dry prior to lighting
- Establish a fire break of no less than 3 metres cleared of all flammable materials
- Ensure at the site of the fire the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour
- Residents who do not follow the Open Air Burning Local Law may be subject to penalties.