Being ready for fire is the key to 'Prepare.Act.Survive'.¬† If you live in an area at risk of bushfire or grassfire you should have a Bushfire Survival Plan and advice on these is available from CFA Victoria.¬†
All plans should include information on leaving early on days of high fire danger and understanding the risk posed by fire to your property and how to prepare your property including removal of fuel from around your property.
Information on fire emergencies
Fire Ready App¬†(requires download from either Google Play or Apple Store)
Information on understanding fire risk
One of the most important aspects of preparing your property for fire season is removal of fuel and vegetation from around your home and property.¬† It is important that all properties are prepared for and protected from fire and this includes commercial and industrial allotments.¬†
Fire in the home is a major cause of property damage, death and injury across Victoria.¬† There are over 3,000 house fires each year in Victoria and they are almost all preventable. Working smoke alarms, checking appliances for¬†damage and wear and ensuring that fire places and flues are well maintained all contribute to protecting your home from fire.¬† Further information on preventing fire in the home can be found here
The Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO) conducts inspections within the township areas of Wangaratta including places such as Glenrowan, Whitfield and Eldorado.¬† It is your responsibility to ensure that your property is fire ready and if a fire hazard is identified you will be issued with a Fire Prevention Notice outlining the works you need to complete and a date that works are required by and your property will be re-inspected to ensure the fire hazard has been removed and the works completed.
If you do not comply with a Fire Prevention Notice you may be fined and be required to pay any costs that Council incurs for works such as slashing or vegetation removal.¬† The minimum penalty for non-compliance with a notice is over $1,000.
The Rural City of Wangaratta along with all rural areas of Victoria is subject to annual restrictions on burning off on agricultural or rural areas.¬†Information on fire restrictions and what you can and can't do during fire restrictions and days of Total Fire Ban can be found here
Burning off restrictions exist all year round in Township areas including Wangaratta township,¬† There is to be no burning off without a permit and these will only be issued outside of the Fire Danger Period.¬† Please contact Council for further information on burning off.