East Gippsland Shire Fire Danger Period to start Monday 30 January 2023
Prohibited Period underway since Monday 16 January
What does this mean for East Gippsland?
On Monday 16 January 2023 (seasonal prohibited period), fire restrictions under the Forests Act 1958 and Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014 came into force over private and other land within 1.5 km of public land (state forest, national park and protected public land) in certain parts of East Gippsland.
For information on fire restrictions and regulations that apply in Victoria with regard to campfires and barbecues, burning off, commercial and other activities see fire restrictions and regulations (ffm.vic.gov.au).
All other areas of private property will not have fire restrictions in place until Monday 30 January as declared under the CFA’s Fire Danger Period Restrictions.
Council is also preparing for the summer season with bushfire mitigation plans underway, this includes roadside clearing and slashing and vegetation management. Our fire prevention program also includes removing hazardous trees, clearing local roadsides, static water tank maintenance and environmental works in reserves.
Green waste disposal up to 30cm in diameter (items such as stumps) is free at our Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Buchan, Cann River, Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota, Marlo, Metung, Omeo, Orbost and Swifts Creek waste facilities.
Our Fire Prevention Officers are following upon Fire Prevention Notices issued over recent weeks. We ask property owners to manage risk on their property and to their neighbours in line with the notices issued.
To report a fire hazard, use this form Report a Fire Hazard or call Council on (03) 5153 9500.
As the landscape in East Gippsland further dries over the coming weeks, visit cfa.vic.gov.au for more information about bushfire planning and preparation, and about leaving early - before you can see flames or smell smoke.
The CFA website also has a four-day fire weather forecast and fire-danger rating at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-fire-danger-ratings/east-gippsland-fire-district.
Emergency Management Victoria encourages every Victorian to plan and prepare for fire. To start your plan, visit www.vic.gov.au/how-well-do-you-know-fire.