Fire Prevention/Fire Season

Getting fire ready

Ararat Rural City Council is currently awaiting advice from the CFA on the official commencement dates for the 2018/19 Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.

Click here to see what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period

Contact the CFA for further information.

Your responsibilities in managing fire risks 

As a landowner or leaseholder, you are responsible for managing fire risks on your property by ensuring that it is clean and free of any long grass and debris that could pose a fire hazard.

This responsibility covers residential properties, commercial properties, and any vacant land you own within the municipality.

Your Hazard Reduction Checklist

Use the following checklist as a guide to help you prepare your property in the lead up to each fire season:

  • Cut/mow any long grass so that it is no higher than 100mm.
  • Remove any flammable material around your home, including cleaning out gutters.
  • Clear away dead undergrowth and fallen branches.
  • Ensure that any firewood is stored well away from your home and outbuildings.
  • Remove any noxious and environmental weeds from your property.
  • Ensure that your property is clearly numbered so that it can be easily found by Emergency Services should the need arise.
  • Trim excess vegetation along driveways and firebreaks, including any overhanging branches, to provide easy access for fire fighting appliances. As a guide, the CFA requires a minimum clearance of four metres wide x four metres high. 

The CFA website is your best resource for up to date information about preparing for bushfire. This includes plans for preparing your property and creating an emergency fire ready kit.

Preparing Your Municipality/Region

Our Fire Preparation includes:

  • Inspecting about 7,000 properties
  • Issuing fire prevention notices to landowners
  • Slashing and spraying over 1500km of roadsides

Fire Hazard Inspections

Fire prevention is everyone's responsibility and now is the time to get fire ready.

Our Municipal Fire Prevention Officer will be inspecting properties across the Ararat Municipality prior to the Fire Danger Period.

If your property is deemed a risk, you will receive a fire prevention notice.

If you do not clean up, you will face penalties including;

  • All contractor costs
  • Administration costs of $150.00
  • A fine of $1586 

You can take your green waste to a Transfer Station or you may be able to burn off in some areas but check the restrictions first. You can apply for a Permit to Burn here.

The CFA has more information on how to maintain your property. You can also assess your fire risk with the CFA's interactive tool.

We take fire prevention very seriously.

If you have concerns of a property being a fire risk, please lodge a Request for a Fire Prevention Inspection this summer. Please allow around three weeks for it to be actioned.

Apply for a Burn Permit

This online form allows you to apply for a burn permit. It takes around 1 minutes to complete. Once submitted we will review and respond accordingly as soon as possible.

This permit is issued in accordance with the Ararat Rural City Council General Local Law - Clause

The lighting of fires in the open air - residential GLL.26

Conditions of permit.

  1. Permit holder to notify Vicfire 1800 668 511 before commencing. 
  2. Must have a hose or fire fighting equipment on standby – ready for use.
  3. Must notify immediate neighbours at least 2 hours before commencing burn.
  4. Must have a clear area around fire of at least 3 sq. metres.
  5. Fires must not be lit on Total Fire Ban days.

Note: This permit is valid for a period of 28 days from the date of receipt or until the date fire restrictions commence.