Keep your controlled burns under control

 Posted: 02-05-2017

The Rural City of Wangaratta is urging residents planning to have a burn off to do the right thing.

This follows the lifting of the Fire Danger Period by the Country Fire Authority on 18 April 2017.

People burning off on farms for stubble or rubbish reduction or who are taking advantage of the mild weather to clean up woody wastes need to manage their burns appropriately.

In residential and township areas of Wangaratta and other township zones throughout the municipality any burning off requires a permit before burn offs will be permitted.

It is important also throughout the entire municipality that only the right material is burnt – this means that only woody material, grass, stubble, cereal and crop residue is burnt off not rubbish, plastic, treated wood or household goods.

“Please ensure that before commencing a burn off you know what the weather is doing, the area around the burn off is free of fuel and that fuel moisture is appropriate, the fire is attended at all times and adequate fire suppression is available including water supplies,” Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer Kelvin Neal said.

“Make sure you notify your neighbours and contact ESTA (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority) to let them know you are burning off on 1800 668 511.

“If you burn off within the township of Wangaratta or other township zones without a permit you may be committing an offence which in turn attracts penalties.”

For further information on burning off contact Council on 5722 0888 or visit this page on council's website.

Last Updated: 02-05-2017

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