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Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period ended for Bass Coast on 16 March 2020.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) declares the Fire Danger Period to restrict the use of fire in the community which helps prevent fires from starting.

Total Fire Bans are declared by the CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and become hard to control. During a Total Fire Ban you can't light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire. Visit the CFA website to check if a Total Fire Ban is in force in any of the fire districts.

The penalties for lighting fires illegally during the Fire Danger Period and on Total Fire Ban Days include large fines and possible imprisonment. If you would like more information, contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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.