Fire Permits & Fire Safety

Fire prevention and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Council works with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and other local agencies to educate the community on how best to prevent, prepare for and respond to fires. This includes fire management planning, inspecting properties for fire hazards and issuing permits to burn.

Fire Danger Period

Mildura Rural City Council's 2020-21 Fire Danger Period ended at 1am, Monday 15 March 2021.

The CFA declares an annual Fire Danger Period generally from October through to April. Exact dates are advertised each year.  Permits to burn will NOT be issued and burning off cannot occur during the Fire Danger Period.

Apply for a Fire Permit

Fire Permits issued under the Council Local Law are not valid during the Fire Danger Period or on a day of Total Fire Ban as declared by the Country Fire Authority. For further information about fire restrictions during the fire danger period visit cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Vic Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

To apply for a Fire Permit, please call us during business hours on 5018 8100.

Can I apply for a Fire Permit?

Residential and commercial properties

No. Burning off is prohibited in residential and commercial property zones.  This includes burning waste in backyard incinerators. Fire Permits can not be issued for these areas and on-the-spot fines can be imposed for breaches of this law

Dryland farming properties

No. Fire Permits are not required. Property owners can burn off outside of the Fire Danger period with a Permit. There are a number of conditions and requirements and property owners should contact VICFIRE on 1800 668 511 to notify any burning activities.

Irrigated horticultural properties

Yes. Property owners can burn off outside of the Fire Danger Period if they have a Permit. There are a number of conditions on the Permit and property owners should contact VICFIRE on 1800 668 511 before commencing a permitted burn.

Residents planning to burn off must adhere to Permit conditions at all times, and as a matter of courtesy, should notify neighbours within 200m before any burning takes place.

Unsightly Land & Fire Hazards

All property owners are required to keep their properties free from fire hazards. Fire hazards can include long or overgrown grass, rubbish, abandoned machinery and other materials. 

Council inspects all properties in the municipality to ensure they comply with Local Laws which prohibit unsightly land. If you are concerned about an unsightly land or fire hazards contact Council.

Neighbourhood Safer Places (Places of Last Resort)

Also known as a Place of Last Resort, a Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) is an area that provides a level of protection from the immediate life-threatening effects of a bushfire (direct flame contact and radiant heat). They provide a place of relative safety, but do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there and should only be accessed when personal bushfire survival plans cannot be implemented or have failed.

Not all townships will have an NSP because specific criteria identified may not be met. Current Neighbourhood Safer Places in our region include:

  • Mildura Aerodrome Ovals, Eleventh Street, Mildura
  • Johanansen Memorial Recreational Reserve, Sturt Highway, Cullulleraine
  • Mildura South Football Ground, Twelfth Street, Mildura
  • Kenny Park, Box Street, Merbein
  • Quandong Park, Calder Highway, Red Cliffs
  • Henshilwood Oval, Karadoc Avenue, Irymple
  • Blackburn Park, Calder Highway, Ouyen
  • Mildura Show Grounds, Twelfth Street, Mildura
  • Underbool Linga Memorial Hall, 12-14 Malkin Avenue, Underbool