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Local Laws Fire
 Preparing for the Fire Season
 Burning off, incinerators and other fire laws
 Fire Inspection Program
 Council's Fire Prevention Responsibilities
 Permits to Burn
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Other Agencies
 Council's Fire Inspection Program commences 1 November every year.

Fire Prevention
Please ensure you comply with the relevant Local Laws when burning off outside of the Fire Danger Period.

Victoria is one of the highest fire prone areas in the world with the Otways, Plains Country and South Western Victorian Grasslands having a long and established history of devastating wildfires. In addition, populated townships see regular fires in industrial and commercial buildings and house fires affecting local families occurring on an all too regular basis. Awareness of how and why fires occur and cause the damage they do is vital in preparing our community to prevent, respond to and recover from the fires that affect us all.

Colac Otway Shire realises that reducing the risk of fire requires a community effort in partnership with Council and Fire Authorities. The Shire's fire prevention is managed in accordance with Council's Municipal Fire Prevention Plan.
Everyone should prepare for summer by removing fire hazards from their homes and workplaces with preparation taking place well before the summer Fire Danger Period. In this regard at-risk properties will receive Courtesy Letters informing them of their obligations leading into the Fire Danger Period. During the Fire Danger Period Council Officers inspect properties throughout the Shire and will serve a Fire Prevention Notice to landowners of non-compliant properties directing them to remove fire hazards where required.

The Country Fire Authority also has a Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667) which should be used to find out the latest information for wildfires across the state. Fire is a natural part of the Australian landscape and from time to time the Department Of Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria will conduct burning off operations that may create smoke in and around the public land being managed. For details of DELWP burns, go to
Application Forms
Forms for burning off and standpipes can be found here

Download Files
 Slashing Contractor List - Fire Prevention 2015/2016
 Fire Prevention Courtesy Letter 2015/16

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