Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
THE CFA announced the lifting of fire restrictions for CFA Region’s Four and Five, as of 1am on Monday, April 20.
The announcement applies to the whole of Glenelg Shire, the Shire of Southern Grampians, the Shire of Moyne and the City of Warrnambool.
The CFA Region Four operations manager, Peter Novotny, said fire restrictions were lifted because of some good rain and the onset of autumn weather patterns, resulting in milder weather conditions and the chances of a major wildfire were now significantly eased.
Mr Novotny reminded the community that following the lifting of restrictions, individuals still needed to exercise great care and responsibility for any fires they lit or allowed to remain alight.
“In particular fires near forest areas should be very carefully assessed, as these areas could be drier than many pastures where new grass growth had eased the fire danger,” he said.
“Individuals still have a responsibility to maintain control of the burn, advise their adjoining neighbours and provide fire fighting equipment at the scene.”
The Fire Danger Period in the DSE Portland Fire District remains in place all year and includes all public land in the area, including national parks, state forest and reserves.
Following the lifting of fire restrictions, CFA representatives ask that anybody burning off should contact VicFire on 1800 668511, and provide the following details of any burns they conduct: their contact details, address of the burn with a map reference, duration of the burn and the type of material being burnt.
Advising VicFire of these details will avoid volunteers and other community resources being unnecessarily dispatched to planned burns which were not wildfires.