The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has declared the Fire Danger Period for Frankston City will commence at 1am on Monday 16 December 2019.
What has council done to prepare for this summer season:
- Maintenance of all reserves, including high, moderate and low priority reserves has been completed as per fire management prescriptions, all reserves will be maintained to these prescriptions through-out the Fire Danger Period .
- Approximately 1,000 properties have been inspected and Fire Prevention Notices have been issued to residents where a fire hazard was detected by Council’s Compliance Officers final inspections have been completed, those that failed to comply will receive infringements and compulsory clearing will be completed by Council by 23 December.
- Council’s Compliance, Fire Prevention and Natural Reserves Departments have been working with Victoria Police to curb arson in Council reserves.
- Training has been provided to additional compliance officers in the area of Municipal Fire Prevention, this now means Council has 13 trained Fire Prevention Officers to assist our community.
- A Code Red Policy has been developed to assist staff in the event of a Code Red Alert Day.
- Work continues in Council’s 55 Natural Reserves to finalise fire breaks.
What is the Fire Danger Period (FDP)
The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.
More information can be found here: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/about-the-fire-danger-period
When will the Fire Danger Period start and finish?
The Fire Danger Period will commence in Frankston on 16/12/2019
CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.
The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October in some municipalities, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May.
What changes once the Fire Danger Period is declared?
The fire danger period places a number of restrictions in the way machinery is used and other fire related activities. For a full list of what you can and can’t do during the fire danger period and on days of total fire ban visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/ .
During the declared fire danger period, open air burning without a permit is a criminal matter, people should report illegal burning to Victoria Police or CFA by calling 000. Permits expired in the City of Frankston on the 30th of November 2019 after the 16th of December all burning off complaints should be referred to Police or CFA as Council officers are not authorised under this section of the CFA Act
Plan & Prepare:
The best way to be prepared this fire season is to make sure you have a fire plan. It is also important that your friends and loved ones are aware of your fire plan. For more information on how to prepare visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/
To keep updated with current fire emergencies you can do the following:
- Visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Download the Vic Emergency App from the Apple or Android App stores.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline: 1800-226-226
- Listen to ABC radio.