How do I notify emergency services of a planned burn?
Before you carry out and notify your planned burn, make sure you check and follow local regulations or laws set down by CFA or your local council.
To ensure that the fire services are aware of your planned burn, please give the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) prior notification. You can do this is four ways:
- Phone 1800 668 511 and provide the required information OR
- Complete the Burn-off Notification Form (DOC 124k) and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send the form to ESTA by fax: 1300 674 428 or
- National Relay Service Users can ring 1300 555 727 and ask for Information to be relayed to ESTA via 1800 668 511
Notifying ESTA about planned burns prevents unnecessary fire brigade response. Callers reporting an actual fire can then verify that the fire is a planned burn. If this can't be verified a fire brigade will be asked to respond.
Some information that you provide may be displayed on CFA's website. This may include the street name and area where the planned burn you are registering will take place. This information may be shared using the CFA, DEPI and MFB websites at the time of ignition, as well as the FireReady App and internal incident management systems.
CFA also recommends you inform your neighbours.