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Fire restrictions to start next Monday

FIRE restrictions are being implemented for South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires from 1am, Monday, December 4.

The restrictions will remain until May 1, 2018 unless stated otherwise.

CFA’s assistant chief officer Trevor Owen said, “Following the introduction of the restrictions, no fires can be lit on private land without a permit.

“To protect community safety, permits are subject to stringent conditions and can be obtained from your CFA District office.

“The community needs to be fire ready, especially those living in high risk areas. Fire restrictions are in place for a reason: to help prevent fires from starting.”

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s assistant chief fire officer Chris Stephenson said, “Fire is a natural part of our environment and Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, with days of extreme fire danger every year.

“Both fire services are well-resourced and well-prepared to respond to the threat of bushfire, with additional fire fighters, new equipment and an expanded aircraft fleet.

“We have consulted local communities about planning and risk management, working with many to prepare their Local Incident Management Plans.”

Mr Stephenson urged people to make preparation for fire a habit so they are not caught unprepared when bushfires strike.

“Prepare your property, prepare yourself and prepare your family for fire. Have a fire plan in place and most importantly, practise it,” he said.

“It’s up to you to check Fire Danger Ratings every day in summer. These help you know when the conditions are dangerous enough to enact your fire plan. Remember that if you can see smoke, you’re leaving it too late. A fire that is miles away could be at your door in minutes.”

To find out more about getting ready for the fire season visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call 1800 226 226.

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