Fire restrictions declared for East Gippsland
CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria are introducing fire restrictions for East Gippsland Shire, starting from 1.00 am on Monday 23 September 2019 and continuing until 1 May 2020 unless stated otherwise.
CFA’s Assistant Chief Officer South East, Trevor Owen and FFMVic Deputy Chief Officer, Beth Roberts said that restrictions are being enforced early again in East Gippsland to minimise the risk of grass and bushfires being started by private burn-offs and escaped campfires in the current dry conditions.
“The seasonal bushfire outlook for this year has focused on East Gippsland as the driest part of the state, with three years of lower than normal rainfall and drought conditions across much of the region,” Mr Owen said.
“Our forest fuels are tinder-dry and it wouldn’t take much of a spark from a burn-off or an unattended campfire to start a bushfire.
“CFA and FFMVic crews had a huge season last summer and we want to minimise the risk of another, or worse this summer.”