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Restrictions During the Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period is when CFA (Country Fire Authority) restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October in some municipalities, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May. 

The Fire Danger Period for Golden Plains Shire was declared on Monday 9th November 2015.

The Fire Danger Period is NOT the same thing as a Total Fire Ban

Fire restrictions during the Fire Danger Period
Once the Fire Danger Period has been declared, fire restrictions come into force. This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.

If you don't obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted.

Burning off during the Fire Danger Period
You need a permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period. You must also notify ESTA of your burn-off. Otherwise brigades might be called out unnecessarily.

Register your burn-off
All burn-offs should be registered with ESTA on 1800 668 511.

Please provide the following information about your burn-off when registering:
• Location
• Date and expected start and finish times
• Estimated size
• What you intend to burn

Unregistered burn-offs can cause brigades to be called out unnecessarily.

Before burning off:
•  Check and follow local regulations or laws set down by CFA or your local council
•  Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn
•  Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511
•  Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
•  Check the fuel moisture conditions
•  Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
•  Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.

Total Fire Ban days
Total Fire Bans are different to the Fire Danger Period.

A Total Fire Ban Day can be declared at any time throughout the year. No fires are to be lit in the open air on Total Fire Ban Days unless you have a special permit.

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