THE official fire season will be declared next week in Ballarat and surrounds.
The fire danger period will be declared at 1am on Monday in the City of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire,
Hepburn and Moorabool shires.
During the danger period fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a municipal fire prevention officer.
District 15 operations officer Alfred Mason said it was crucial the Ballarat community took it upon themselves to prevent deadly situations, rather than simply rely on the CFA
to protect people and properties from fires when they started.
“CFA looks to the community to do the right thing by their family and neighbours and follow the fire restrictions that are in place throughout the fire danger period,” he said.
“Fire restrictions are in place for a reason – to help prevent fires from starting. Preventing fires is something that every member of the community should see as their responsibility.”
Although next Monday’s forecast is 22 degrees with rain, the CGA is urging people not to rule out fire danger on such days.
“It’s up to you to check fire danger ratings every day in summer – these help you know when the conditions are dangerous enough to enact your fire plan,” Mr Mason said.
“Remember that if you can see smoke, you’re leaving it too late. A fire that is miles away could be at your door in minutes.”
To find out more about getting ready for the fire season visit cfa.vic.gov.au or call 1800 240 667.