Wellington Shire Council is reminding the community that burning off in residential areas is illegal without a permit.
Since the lifting of the fire danger period, Council has received a number of complaints about fires being lit in residential areas.
Lighting of outdoor fires in residential areas is generally prohibited unless the fire is contained and is used for the purposes of warmth or cooking.
The burning of offensive materials, such as rubber, plastic, dangerous goods or substances, paint, and food scraps is not permitted at any time.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said burning off in residential areas was not only inconsiderate to those living around you, but it can also be detrimental to health.
“If you’ve ever taken your washing off the line and realised that your clean washing smells smoky, or you or someone you know is allergic to smoke, you’ll understand why it’s not ok to light outdoor fires in towns,” Cr Crossley said
“There are circumstances when owners or occupiers of residential areas can apply for a burn permit.
“You will need to demonstrate that there is no alternative to burning, the burn can be done safely, and that smoke is unlikely to impact on your neighbours.
”Cr Crossley said people living in residential areas should look at alternatives to burning.
“If you live in town, green waste can be mulched and used on your garden, or made in to compost,” she said.
“You can dispose of your green waste at our local waste facilities for a small fee, or there are several private companies who offer green waste pick-up.
“It’s well worth finding alternatives, because if you are caught burning off in a residential area the fine is $200 and in some cases you may be prosecuted.”
To apply for a permit to burn, or to clarify whether you need a permit, contact Wellington Shire Council on 1300 366 244.
Further information about fire restrictions and regulations can be found at the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au