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Get set for fire season

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November 14, 2017

Fire crews at the scene of the Goulburn Valley Hwy fire at Arcadia earlier this month.

The fire danger period for the Greater Shepparton region will soon start, after indications of an early and above-average fire season.

CFA District 22 operations manager Tony Owen has set this year’s fire danger season start for Monday , for the Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie regions.

The warmer and drier-than-average weather in recent months, teamed with recent rainfall which has caused growth in pasture and roadsides, means residents need to be prepared for the imminent fire season.

Mr Owen said reducing fuel loads would make sure if a fire started, there was less chance of it overpowering fire crews or spreading.

He said there was still a small window of opportunity to clean up properties.

‘‘While CFA does all it can, we look to the community to use common sense and take responsibility for preventing fires,’’ Mr Owen said.

‘‘Out-of-control burn-offs and unregistered burn-offs are a major and avoidable headache for brigades.

‘‘Avoid burning off when high winds are forecast not only on the day of your burn but for the days afterwards.’’

CFA takes a zero-tolerance approach to any unauthorised fires or fires resulting from negligent behaviour subject to police investigation.

During the fire danger period, fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer.

Fire danger periods are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall.

For more information about what is permitted around the fire season, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au

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