Municipal fire prevention
Municipal councils have a legislative requirement to be involved in fire prevention activities on land under their control. For advice on State Forest, Conservation Reserves, National, State and Regional Parks, you should contact Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI)
Loddon Shire Council is required to appoint a person to the role of Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO)
The MFPO’s role includes:
- assisting in the preparation of a Municipal Fire Preparation Plan
- issuing of fire prevention notices
- issuing open air burning permits
- promoting the fire prevention message throughout the community
Municipal Fire Preparation Plan (MFPP)
Council has a legislative requirement to prepare and maintain a MFPP. A MFPP is a risk based management solution that helps to create a safer community by identifying and managing fire risks.
Fire Danger Period
Each year CFA declares a Fire Danger Period (FDP) for the Loddon Shire. The FDP usually is in force between November and April and restricts activities such as open air burns. You should check the attached link that explains what you can or cannot do during the FDP. CFA's Can I, Can’t I information.
Residents can apply to Council for a permit to burn in the open air during the FDP. The application will be assessed and a permit may be issued at the discretion of the MFPO. Permits to burn contain conditions to ensure a safe burn. There is no fee.
Total Fire Ban
Loddon Shire Council is in the Northern Country Total Fire Ban District. No fires should be lit in the open on a day of Total Fire Ban. CFA Total Fire Bans and Ratings
Total Fire Ban days are advertised through the media.
Fire Prevention Notices
Residents are required to remove fire hazards to reduce the potential of loss of life and property damage from fire. Council staff conduct inspections and may issue a fire prevention notice. The notice will specify what works are required and a due date for compliance.
Residents should remove hazards within 30meters of a dwelling wherever possible. Hazards include combustible materials such as long dry grass, shrubs, wood piles, overhanging vegetation, derelict vehicles and rubbish.