Lighting Fires

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For current information please visit the Country Fire Authority website 

Latest information

Fire Danger Period  for 2016/2017  for the Gannawarra Shire, has been declared  by the Country Fire Authority starting Monday 14 November 2016, 01.00am  to Monday 1 May 2017.

For all current information relating to Fires please visit the www.cfa.vic.gov.au  or contact your local CFA Office in Kerang on (03) 5450 3406.

For information on how to stay safe this summer, visit emergency.vic.gov.au or ring the Vic Emergency Hotline on 1800 226 226

Permits to burn

Schedule 13 Permits to burn (Country Fire Authority Act 1958)

Application: 2016/17 Permit to Burn Schedule 13 CFA(PDF, 337KB)

Application: 2016/17 Permit to Burn CFA Schedule 13 FORM(DOCX, 49KB)

Applications are also available from Gannawarra Shire Council Customer Service centres in Kerang and Cohuna.

What do I need to do?

1.            Download or collect an application from Gannawarra Shire Council

2.            Complete the application

3.            Submit to application to CFA District 20 at 56 Fitzroy Street KERANG, 3579, VIC   

Email: admin.d20@cfa.vic.gov.au

Fax: 03 5452 2531

Queries? Phone: 03 5450 3406

Can I light a fire in my backyard?

Property in built up area

(under 0.5 hectares)

Property in built up area

(0.5 to 2 hectares)

NO - Penalty: 15 Penalty Units

YES - but you must apply for a permit

A Person must not light any fire or allow such a fire to remain alight in the open air, including in an Incinerator or other similar device

A Person must not, without a Permit, light any fire or allow such a fire to remain alight in the open air, including in an Incinerator or other similar device

EXCEPT

EXCEPT

for any fire lit for domestic cooking purposes in a permanent or portable Barbeque, a wood fire oven, copper stand burner or other similar cooking device or a properly constructed fireplace including a metal brazier lit for heating purposes

for any fire lit for domestic cooking purposes in a permanent or portable Barbeque, a wood fire oven, copper stand burner or other similar cooking device or a properly  constructed fireplace including a metal brazier lit for heating purposes, which does not require a Permit

A Person must not burn or cause to be burnt, or allow to remain alight in the open air, including in an Incinerator or other similar device, in any part of the Municipal District:

(a) any offensive materials; or

(b) any materials that cause offensive emissions of smoke and odour to enter any neighbouring residential property.

Local Law No. 1 – Community Amenity

Part 5 – Your Property, Trees and Animals

Section 31 - Open air burning

Fire Prevention Notices

Council's Local Laws Officers/Municipal Fire Prevention Officers conduct inspections of private properties prior to the Fire Danger Period to assess them for fire hazards. Properties deemed to be a high fire risk (e.g. long uncut grass) are issued with a Fire Prevention Notice instructing the landholder to carry out works to reduce the risk. Landholders are given a period of time to comply before a second round of inspections are conducted. Council will enter land and carry out fire hazard reduction works when landholders do not comply with their Fire Prevention Notice and bill the cost of the works back to the owner.

If you have further questions about Fire Prevention Notices contact Council’s Local Laws Officers or Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on (03) 5450 9333.