Take care burning off

May 09, 2018

Be careful: The fire danger period has come to an end for Cobram CFA firefighters but caution is still being urged.

The fire danger period has closed in Moira Shire but residents are urged to remain careful.

Cobram Fire Brigade captain Adrian Hilder said although the period had been fairly kind to the station, due diligence was still required.

‘‘It was a pretty quiet fire season for us, which was fantastic,’’ Mr Hilder said.

‘‘However, lately we have been getting paged out to people burning off without permits, so that has been a bit of a disappointment.

‘‘We are still urging members of the community to follow protocol because everything is still dry, we are really urging people who are burning off to make sure they are well-equipped in case they have a break-out,’’ he said.

Mr Hilder said it was important to remain vigilant.

‘‘Even though the FDP is over people are still required to ring the burn-off notification line to let them know where they are burning because that stops any unnecessary paging out of any of the services and saves embarrassment for the landowner,’’ he said.

Mr Hilder said there were few things that annoyed firefighters more than being taken away from family, friends, work and potential emergencies because of false alarms caused by unregistered burn-offs.

‘‘At the end of the day, the service is there for people who need it, it’s not just for running around for burn-offs,’’ he said.

‘‘While the grass is still dry there is still a high risk of grass fires — all you need is a bit of a breezy day and it (fire) will escape into the grassland.

‘‘We want people to always have at least two or three adults at the fire at all times when burning off and if everyone does the right thing there will be no problems.

‘‘Also, there is still no burning off allowed in residential areas, regardless of whether the restrictions are on or off.’’

Whether registering a burn-off by phone or email, people need to give some basic information, including location, date, expected start and finish times, estimated size and what they intend to burn.

‘‘The burn-off line is very easy to use — the operators are friendly and prompt you by asking the key questions,’’ he said.

●Landowners can register their burn-off with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing [email protected]

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