Firefighters were called to another suspicious car fire in Ballarat overnight.
Ballarat City Fire Station crews attended the car fire about 12.30am on Sunday morning near Humffray Street in Mount Pleasant.
With bushfire season quickly approaching, Ballarat City Fire Station Officer Brenton Smith said those lighting cars on fire needed to think more about the consequences.
Available fuel, in the means of long grasses and shrubs, meant the possibility of car fires growing into out of control fires – which could reach nearby houses and worse kill someone – was higher, he said.
“The consequences can be quite dire,” he said.
“You don’t know what the fire can end up doing.”
Firefighters also attended an out of control burn-off at Skipton Street, Redan at 10.55pm on Saturday night.
With fire restrictions coming into effect on Monday, Station Officer Smith urged residents to ensure any current burn-offs were properly extinguished on Sunday.
Those wishing to burn-off this fire restriction period will need to apply for a permit to burn through the City of Ballarat council.
Burning-off without a permit may result in legal action, with possible fines up to $17,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
Residents with burning-off permits are also urged to register their burn with CFA Burn-off Notifications on 1800 668 511.
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