Burning off

Fire Danger Period

2016/2017 Fire Danger Period: Began on Monday, 12 December 2016. 

The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period based on local environmental conditions. The Fire Danger Period usually runs until the end of April or early May.


Burning Off During the Fire Danger Period

To burn off during the Fire Danger Period you must obtain a permit to burn from Colac Otway Shire Council.  Assessment of applications takes around 5 business days to be processed, including an inspection of the proposed burn site to determine if it is safe to burn. If you are successful in your application, you must comply with any conditions on the permit, including registering your burn at least 30 minutes before ignition.

You can download the Permit to Burn Application Form and Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 420KB) here. 

Alternatively you can reduce your fuel load and dispose of waste by:

  • Green waste can be taken to Council’s transfer stations at Alvie, Birregurra and Apollo Bay. Keeping green waste separate to other materials will significantly reduce disposal fees, further information is available on Council's Rubbish & Recycling page.
  • Fine fuels, such as grass, leaves and bark, can be very useful for mulching the garden.


Burning off Outside the Fire Danger Period

Burning off outside of the Fire Danger Period is allowed, however the following conditions apply:

  • In Township areas - Burning off is only allowed on Friday's and Saturday's after 10:00am and must be extinguished before sunset.
  • Register your burn at least 30 minutes before ignition
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Ensure a water supply is available with enough water to extinguish the fire if required
  • Never leave the fire unattended
  • Comply with CFA conditions
  • Comply with Local Law No 2 - General Local Law


Fire Danger Ratings

The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started, it helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan in to action. Ratings are forecast using Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

For details on what each rating means, you can download the CFA’s Fire Danger Rating Brochure here(PDF, 75KB) .

For current danger ratings, visit the CFA’s Total Fire Bans and Ratings page.