Fire restrictions vary throughout the year depending on whether or not it is a Declared Fire Danger Period or a Total Fire Ban day. Each year the CFA declares a Fire Danger Period (FDP) for the Hepburn Shire based on local environmental conditions. The FDP usually runs between November and April and restricts activities such as open air burning.
Throughout the declared Fire Danger Period, fires in the open air are subject to legal restrictions with only essential burning carried out under strict conditions of a permit.
To find out what you can or can’t do during the declared FDP visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/
Permits to Burn
Permits to burn will not be issued from the commencement date of the Fire Danger Period to the end of February.
From the start of March to the end of the Fire Danger Period, permits may be issued which are associated with primary production and in accordance with Regulation 109(1)(b) of the Country Fire Regulations 2014 only.
Issued permits are not valid on days of total fire ban and any lit burn offs are to be extinguished.
Applications for a Permit must be submitted 5 days before the burn is planned to allow enough time for the application to be considered. Applications submitted inside of this period will not be considered.
Submitting an application for a permit does not mean it will be approved. The MFPO will need to consider the application and issue a permit prior to the burn. Lighting a fire in the open air without a permit is an offence. You must also have the issued permit on site until the fire is completely extinguished.
If you have any queries regarding the application form, please contact our Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 5321 6431.