Declaration of the fire danger period

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Country Fire Authority have declared the 2017-2018 Fire Danger Period for the City of Greater Geelong commences from 1:00am on Monday 4 December 2017.

Greater Geelong has a number of townships surrounded by grassland and crops, which can affect the speed that a fire travels. Residents are reminded to prepare for the risk of summer bushfires by cutting grass, particularly on vacant allotments. The Fire Danger Period is expected to run until 1 May 2018.

We (the City) take our role in fire safety over summer seriously. We have been conducting inspections to identify potential fire risks since the end of October. Where fire risks have been identified, fire prevention notices have been issued to landowners. Inspections have been conducted in the region’s northern and southern suburbs and are underway on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Residents who have received a Fire Prevention Notice to prepare their property but require extra time to undertake maintenance should ring 03 5272 5272 to discuss their activities.

Permits to burn which were previously approved will expire on 30 November 2017.

Residents yet to formulate their fire evacuation plans can get assistance by taking the quiz on the Red Cross website.

Guy Wilson-Browne - Director City Services

“Now that the Fire Danger Period has been declared people need to be proactive and vigilant in clearing their properties for the summer fire season.”
“It’s important to be prepared during the fire season. Information on why you should leave early, what you can and can’t do on fire risk days and what to expect during a bushfire can all be found on the CFA website.”