The CFA has announced the begining of the Fire Danger Period for the Mildura Rural City Council municipality.
In this period, a written permit is required to burn off grass, undergrowth, weeds or other vegetation during the period.
Lighting a fire during this period, lighting a fire in the open without a permit can see a penalty of over $20,000 dollars handed down, or 12 months imprisonment.
Fire Danger Periods are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moisture, grassland curing, weather and rain fall.
Officials have said most forecasts indicated an above average fire season.
CFA District 18 Operations Manager John Bigham says the CFA takes a zero tolerance approach to any unauthorized fires, with fires burning as a result of negligent behaviour being subject to police investigation.
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