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Macedon Ranges residents probably only have a few weeks to complete their burn offs, before the Fire Danger Period is declared and restrictions are enforced.

Mount Macedon Group Officer Ian Hay said that “the Fire Danger Period has already been declared for most of the north of the state, and it is likely that it will be declared in the Macedon Ranges from around mid-December. So, people only have a window of a couple of weeks if they want to burn off.

“Of course, they need to also make sure that they are actually allowed to burn off, as people living on properties under 1 acre are unable to do so. People will still be able to continue cleaning-up on their properties, although hopefully that will have been completed by now, but they will not be allowed to burn off.

“If you are still able to do a last-minute burn off, make sure that you do it safely. Ensure you have cleared a safe area around the burn, have water on stand-by and someone must always be present to keep it under control. Also do the right thing and register your burn by calling 1800 668 511. If people register their burn-offs, we know what is happening in that area, which is very helpful when brigades are being dispatched to jobs. You will be asked to give the location of your burn-off, the date, the expected start and finish times, the estimate size and also what you intend to burn.”

Residents are reminded that the Macedon Ranges Shire offers a Free Green Drop at their transfer stations. To access Council’s free green waste disposal service you must be a ratepayer or tenant within the Macedon Ranges Shire and provide evidence of residence (e.g. an original rates notice or driver licence).They accept leaf litter, lawn clippings and prunings that can be turned into mulch. Loads must be free of weeds, wire and other rubbish.
“It is also important that residents have prepared a Fire Plan”, added Mr Hay. “Understand your risk and plan. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there.

“Never wait for an official warning before you leave, as you might not get one. Fires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes. I cannot emphasise this too strongly … make sure you have a plan.”
If you need more information please visit the CFA or MRSC websites, or don’t hesitate to drop in and talk to your local CFA Brigade.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:56)