AS families prepare for their summer camping trips, a new video clip just released by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) tells campers about the best ways to ensure your campfire is safe.
DEPI’s Land and Fire Regional Manager, Hume, Shaun Lawlor said: “Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world, but unfortunately about 10 per cent of our bushfires start from escaped campfires.”
“Knowing how to properly light and maintain a campfire is vital to ensure it doesn’t go bush.”
“Campfires are not allowed on a day of Total Fire Ban and it is your responsibility to check if any declarations are in place before you light one.”
Penalties for lighting fires illegally include large fines and possible imprisonment.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, December 28, 2013.