Fire Danger Period ending

The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will officially end in municipalities in CFA District 2, including the Central Goldfields Shire, from Monday.

District 2 operations manager Bill Johnstone emphasised that although the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is important to remain vigilant.

Mr Johnstone stated that fire restrictions are still in force until 1 am, March 23 and a zero tolerance policy will continue to be enforced for those people responsible for illegal fires.

“Residents who wish to conduct burn-offs on their private properties need to follow some basic rules; register your burn-offs first and foremost, check weather conditions and monitor the wind, and follow local council laws and regulations,” he said.

Mr Johnstone also highlighted the need for landowners to openly communicate with authorities and neighbours.

“As well as registering your burn-offs with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), you need to alert your neighbours to the fact that they may see smoke on the set dates,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 20

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