Landowners and farm managers have a legal responsibility to ensure private powerlines are maintained in sound condition and that they are clear of vegetation. Detailed information on these requirements are at Energy Safe Victoria.
It is a common practice to switch off electric fences at times of extreme fire danger and during Total Fire Bans.
When sparks jump from one wire to another in the presence of dry vegetation, electric fences may cause a fire.
Check electric fences to make sure the wires are free of grass, weeds and other vegetation. Operate according to manufacturer’s advice.
Compensation for damaged fences
If your fences are damaged by firefighting equipment during a bushfire, visit the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning for compensation information.
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