Getting fire ready
On your property
It’s your responsibility to make sure there are no fire hazards on your property. The types of property maintenance and fire prevention activities property owners can undertake include:
- Reducing fine fuels such as long grass, fallen leaves and twigs from around the house.
- Removing dead undergrowth and fallen branches.
- Removing potential fire hazards such as firewood and flammable household items.
- Keeping grass cut to a low level.
- Cleaning leaves out of gutters.
During the lead up to the declared fire danger period council fire prevention officers inspect local properties for fire hazards.
If they see a fire hazard, they will issue a fire prevention notice to the property owner. If you receive one of these notices, it’s your responsibility to act on it by the specified date.
If you don’t, council may have the hazard removed, at your expense. Council may also charge an administration fee and legal action may be taken against the property owner.
It’s important to remember that you may need to do fire prevention work on your property several times during the fire danger period eg you may need to cut back vegetation regularly.
If you think you have seen a fire hazard during the fire danger period on private property or council land, please call council on 1300 666 535.
Total fire ban days are declared by the Country Fire Authority on days when fires are likely to spread and be difficult to control. Campaspe Shire is within the Northern Country Total Fire Ban District.
Visit the CFA website to find out about total fire ban day restrictions that could affect you.
Learn about fire risk in your area
Attend a Fire Ready Victoria community meeting to learn about the bushfire risk in your area and how you can prepare your property, make a fire plan and survive.
Fire Ready Victoria meetings are coordinated by the CFA with local brigades and councils.
Where can I get help to make a fire plan?
Taking steps to get prepared before the fire season means you know what to do when you're at risk of fire.
Visit the CFA website for assistance and tips in developing your bushfire plan.