The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.
Who is affected - People living in country Victoria and the outer metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne. The Fire Danger Period takes effect by municipality.
When is it declared - CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.
The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October in some municipalities, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May.
Fire restrictions during the Fire Danger Period
Once the Fire Danger Period has been declared, fire restrictions come into force. This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.
If you don't obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted.
Other types of fire restrictions
- Local municipalities (councils or shires) may have their own local laws in relation to lighting fires. Contact your local council to find out what local laws may be in place. Note: The local laws may be in place 12 months of the year.
Burning off during the Fire Danger Period
You need a permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period. You must also notify ESTA of your burn-off as contained in your permit. Otherwise brigades will be called out unnecessarily.
Total Fire Ban days
Total Fire Bans are different to the Fire Danger Period.
A Total Fire Ban Day can be declared at any time throughout the year. No fires are to be lit in the open air on Total Fire Ban Days unless you have a special permit.