With the Fire Danger Period ending for most parts across the state this week, including the Central Goldfields, the CFA has urged residents across the state to exercise extreme caution when burning off.
CFA Acting Chief Officer Gavin Freeman said that while fire restrictions had been extended until May 13 in districts seven, 15 and 22, which take in Geelong, Ballarat and Shepparton and their neighbouring municipalities, the Fire Danger Period ended across the state on May 1.
Despite the end of the official Fire Danger Period, Acting Chief Officer Freeman reminded residents to register any burn-off they were considering undertaking, and to check the local conditions on the day.
“Even if you have registered your burn, conditions can change quickly and fires can get out of control within minutes in dry and windy conditions,” he said.
“The effects of an out-of-control fire can be devastating and we want everyone to exercise extreme caution.
“We’re also reminding people to always register their burn-offs so we know what is happening in the area, especially if brigades are being called to fires.”
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