This information is provided in good faith and is based on current best practice derived by fire management agencies.
The information contained in this resource is intended to be of assistance to private landholders who want more information to undertake planned burning and other fuel management activities on their properties. However, it is not a comprehensive reference source and it is highly recommended that people who wish to undertake planned burning use other sources of information as well as experience.
The information in this package is not to be considered advice. Every property and individual’s circumstances are unique. It is your responsibility to seek advice in relation to your particular situation.
Undertaking planned burning to manage fuels on your property presents some risks, which you must understand. You must abide by any Council requirements which may apply to your situation. Burning off during the Fire Danger Period (FDP) as declared by the Country Fire Authority (CFA) is not permitted without a permit. Permits to burn during the FDP will only be issued by the CFA where there is a genuine need to burn – see https://firepermits.vic.gov.au/faq for more information.
You should not burn off in situations where weather conditions (on the day and following days) are such that the fire may become uncontrollable or present a risk to the surrounding area. This may include where temperature is high, wind is strong and relative humidity is low. You are responsible for maintaining the fire under control and you may be financial and legally liable for any damage that the fire causes.
Links to further information are contained on the resources page. In particular, those who are inexperienced with fire should take additional steps to up-skill through relevant CFA programs including Community Fireguard or as a CFA firefighter.
This program does not align with any public safety training package (PUA) competencies. Persons wishing to obtain such competencies should contact a relevant Registered Training Organisation which provides a course accredited under the competency framework.
Despite the best efforts of the authors and the peer review process, it is not guaranteed that this manual is without flaw of any kind, and those involved in this project disclaim any liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from relying on any information included in this publication.
This publication does not purport to provide legal advice, and any recommendations herein do not necessarily represent current public policy. No person should act on the basis of the contents of this publication, whether as to matters of fact or opinion or other content without seeking additional advice as required and assuming responsibility for their actions.
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