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Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period in Bass Coast commenced at 0100 hours on 14 December 2020 and will remain in place until 1 May 2020 (unless stated otherwise).

The commencement of the Fire Danger Period is determined on local existing and predicted conditions that lead to increased fire risk for Bass Coast. The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. During this period no open air burning is allowed in the municipal district. This is to help prevent fires from starting. Unauthorised burning during the Fire Danger Period is breaking the law and may lead to fines and prosecution.

For guides on what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period or on days of total fire ban visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can.

Normal burning off guidelines apply outside of the declared Fire Danger Period (see below)

In Bass Coast Shire, no burning off or incinerators are allowed in residential areas at any time.

Rural Burning Off Guidelines

Our Rural Burning Off Guidelines aim to protect the amenity of all residents and visitors to Bass Coast.

It is important that rural property owners are aware of the Guidelines. They operate in conjunction with our General Local Law and were developed after consultation with a number of relevant bodies. They also address the health issues that can arise from these situations, particularly if certain prohibited materials are burned.

What are prohibited materials?

  • Rubber or plastic substances
  • Petroleum oil or waste material containing petroleum oil
  • Paints or receptacles which contain or which contained paints
  • Manufactured chemicals or pressurised cans
  • Food waste
  • Other offensive or noxious substances

Municipal Fire Prevention Officer

The municipality appoints a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO) who is responsible for issuing permits to burn during the Fire Danger Period and issues Fire Prevention Notices for hazard removal to private landowners in Bass Coast.

Council may enter private lands to remove fire hazards if Fire Prevention Notices are not complied with. A Fire Prevention Notice may be served only if the fire prevention officer forms the opinion that it is necessary to do so to protect life or property from the threat of fire.

Fire Prevention Notices tend to be served on larger blocks of land in or abutting residential areas, and on residential blocks where a higher risk is identified. These notices will ask for a reduction in fire fuel and may ask for breaks in vegetation to be installed, or for fire breaks to be slashed on rural or farming properties.