Fire permits now available

Published on 11 March 2015

With the Country Fire Authority (CFA) announcing the Fire Danger Period ended at 1am on Tuesday 10 March, Fire Permits are once again available for Mildura Rural City Council service centres.

While residents on irrigation properties are now able to start clearing their properties of summer waste, Council is also asking people not to be complacent about the dry conditions.

“We have experienced a relatively dry summer,” Community Development and Safety Councillor Ali Cupper said. “We can now look forward to cooler days but it is still important land owners take appropriate precautions if they are planning to burn off.”

“Probably the most important thing is to make sure they are properly prepared before starting and they supervise any fire at all times, just one spark can cause major problems.

“Check the weather conditions too – make sure it’s not going to be too blustery or if the weather does warm up, check the fire danger ratings.”

While residents in outlying areas will be able to light fires in the open, lighting fires in Residential and Commercial Zones is not permitted.

Council works with other agencies such as the CFA to monitor fire risk. Both Local Government and CFA Acts clearly stipulate landowners must not allow land to become unsightly or a potential fire hazard.

“Most people have worked hard over the summer to keep their properties clear of fire hazards,” Cr Cupper said.  “We really encourage everyone to keep on top of their property maintenance throughout the year so it doesn't become an issue again for them next spring.”

Further information about fire permits, fire safety and keeping your property tidy is available on Council’s webpage www.mildura.vic.gov.au/Council-Services/Health-Safety/Fire-Permits-Fire-Safety or the CFA's webpage www.cfa.vic.gov.au


ENDS


Media enquiries 
Angela Umback
p) (03) 5018 8689
e) angela.umback@mildura.vic.gov.au