The Fire Danger Period in many local government areas will finish this week.
The danger period will end at 1am on Tuesday, April 18, for Hume Region municipalities Alpine Shire, Indigo Shire, Towong Shire, City of Wodonga, Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire, Strathbogie Shire, Benalla Rural City, Mansfield Shire, Mount Buller and Mount Stirling, Wangaratta Rural City, Mitchell Shire and Murrindindi Shire.
CFA Hume regional commander Stewart Kreltszheim urged people thinking about burning off after the danger period ended to do the right thing by checking conditions and registering their burn-offs.
‘‘Every year our brigades get more and more frustrated at the number of false alarm calls they have to respond to as a result of people not doing the right thing,’’ Mr Kreltszheim said.
‘‘Be aware that any calls to 000 about smoke in the air at particular locations are cross-checked with the burn-off register. When nothing is listed, firefighters are required to attend.
‘‘Calls to unregistered burn-offs take volunteer firefighters away from workplaces, families and potentially genuine emergencies.
‘‘So if you haven’t registered your burn, you can expect some disgruntled fireys arriving at your property asking you to please explain.’’
Landowners can register their burn-off with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority by phoning 1800668511 or emailing [email protected]
Mr Kreltszheim said that whether registering by phone or email, people should be prepared to give some basic information including location, date, expected start and finish times, estimated size, and what they intended to burn.
‘‘The burn-off line is very easy to use. The operators are friendly and prompt you by asking the key questions,’’ he said.