Fire Prevention

Each year the Country Fire Authority declares a Fire Danger Period in the Pyrenees Shire municipality, and this is usually between November and April. The exact dates depend on recent weather conditions and the forecasted season ahead.

Preparing your property

Property owners are responsible for reducing the risk of fire on their properties. This can be done by:

  • Cutting and maintaining grass to under 100mm during the Fire Danger Period
  • Removing leaf litter, grass clippings and fallen branches from around the home
  • Cleaning out gutters of leaf and tree litter
  • Remove old car bodies and other fire hazards from your property
  • Moving wood piles and other flammable items away from your home
  • Assessing your water supply and storage in terms of quantity and availability for fire fighting.

It is also important for you to have a fire plan for you and your family. For further information about preparing for fire, head to www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Fire Prevention Notices

Council's Municipal Fire Prevention Officer inspects properties across the Pyrenees Shire to ensure property owners are reducing the fire hazards. The MFPO can and will issue a Fire Prevention Notice to property owners that fail to reduce fire risk. This notice is a legal directive to undertake specific works to reduce the fire risk on your property. Property owners have xx days to comply with a Fire Prevention Notice. The MFPO will then carry out secondary inspections of properties, and if the notice has been complied with no further action will be taken. Please get in touch with Council as soon as you receive a Fire Prevention Notice if for any reason you are physically unable to comply with the notice.

However, failure to comply with a Fire Prevention Notice may result in a minimum fine of $1,585.70 and possible prosecution. In the past Council has not always taken this action, however Council has directed that a higher level of enforcement be taken in future due to repeated compliance issues. Failure to comply with the Fire Prevention Notice may result in Council engaging a private contractor to undertake the work on your behalf and pass the cost on to you, in addition to any other penalties that may also be provide for under the CFA Act.

For further information contact our MFPO on (03) 5349 1100.

Infringement Notices

If you have been issued with an Infringement Notice under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, click here for information about your options.

Fire Hazard Removal Contractors

The Contractors listed below have indicated to Council that they are capable of carrying out the required fire hazard removal works within the Pyrenees Shire.

Inclusion on this list does not mean that a contractor is recommended by Council or that the quality of work is guaranteed.

You may elect to:

  • Do the required work yourself
  • engage a contractor of your choice; or
  • select one of the contractors named below:
    • Ross – phone: 0407 847 497
    • Greg – phone: 0427 321 246
    • Mark – phone: 0475 068 568
    • Duane – phone: 0439 995 701
    • Bob – phone: 0419 323 621
    • Warwick – phone: 0408 508 303
    • Kim – phone: 0405 905 530

 

 

We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

Page last updated: 4:47 PM, 23 April 2018
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