Fire Prevention – Property owner requirements
Yarriambiack Shire Council would like to remind all property owners, including those whom have already received a Fire Prevention Notice; that they are required to maintain their property to an acceptable standard that does not pose a fire risk to the community e.g. grass should be kept to a maximum height of 100mm.
This shall remain for the duration of the Fire Danger period.
Fire Prevention Property Inspections
Yarriambiack Shire Council complete their annual Fire Hazard Identification Program in October. These inspections will seek to identify potential fire hazards on all residential properties located in townships within the Yarriambiack Shire. Inspections will start in the Northern end of the municipality and progress to the South of the shire by the end of October.
All property owners are advised to maintain their properties by slashing dead or long dry grass and removing fuels such as dead branches or piles of cut vegetation. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to reduce the threat fire poses to your home and your surrounding neighbours.
For further information on how to prepare your property, please contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 5398 0100 or visit the CFA website.
Failing to Comply with a Fire Prevention Notice (CFA Act 1958) within the specified time, may result in the Property Owner being issued an Infringement Notice for $1652 as well as associated costs.
Fire Danger Period and Restrictions
The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fires in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.
CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality 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 Yarriambiack Shire Council is divided into 3 areas and each of these areas begin the restrictions at different times.
Yarriambiack – Central 0100hrs, Monday 15 November 2021
Yarriambiack – North 0100hrs, Monday 1 November 2021
Yarriambiack – South 0100hrs, Monday 22 November 2021
Restrictions During the Fire Danger Period – Country Fire Authority (cfa.vic.gov.au)
Fire Permits required during the declared Fire Danger Period (but not on Total Fire Ban Days) are called Schedule 13 or Schedule 14 Permit. These are no longer issued by the Yarriambiack Shire Council. Please check online on the Fire Permits Victoria
Certain restrictions on the lighting of fires are in force during the Fire Danger Period.
Information about fire restrictions within the area described above can be obtained from www.cfa.vic.gov.au, your local CFA District Office or by contacting Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 5398 0100.
Please ensure that you comply with any municipal local laws and always register your burn off on 1800 668 511.
Knowledge is the best tool when it comes to fighting fires; help spread this information by talking to your family, friends and neighbours.
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