With a potentially “volatile” fire season fast approaching and temperatures already climbing to scorching heights this week, the Fire Danger Period for Central Goldfields and northern Pyrenees shires is set to commence on Monday.
As of 1 am on November 25, fires cannot be lit in the shires in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
The announcement comes after a particularly dry October for Maryborough which, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, had a total 6.2 millimetres of rain compared to the month’s usual average of 48.4 mm.
November is also shaping up to be a dry one with no rain recorded from November 10 to 20, and Thursday was declared a Code Red Day for the Mallee and Northern Country districts — the worst possible grass and bushfire conditions.
A severe warning — two ranks below Code Red — was issued for North Central, which includes Central Goldfields Shire and a state-wide Total Fire Ban was enacted for all of Victoria.
Despite the warnings, a number of fires broke out across the region on Thursday, including an out-of- control grassfire which began at Mount Glasgow at around 11 am.
Carisbrook Fire Brigade Captain Ian Boucher said although both shires’ FDPs will start a little later than neighbouring shires like Mount Alexander, which began on Monday this week, this year’s fire season has the potential to be a bad one.
“The FDP has been a little bit later coming here because of the rain we’ve had in the lead up to it but it’s certainly starting to dry up now,” he said.
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