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Changes to fire danger period

The first fire danger period for the fire season in Victoria ended on Monday, with the Buloke Shire, Mildura and Swan Hill now out of the restrictions period.

While restrictions have lifted in three municipalities, the Country Fire Authority still expects the grassfire risk to remain across the state during the next month, reminding Victorians to remain alert and prepared. 

The fire danger period in the Yarriambiack Shire will end at 1am on Monday, April 8. 

CFA District 18 assistant chief fire officer Gavin Wright said conditions across the Mallee were mild, with ideal conditions prevailing for farmers to undertake agricultural burns to prepare paddocks for sowing.

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“Conditions remain dry, so landowners will need to be vigilant when undertaking burning activity and ensure the area around the burn is clear of fuel,” he said.

“It is vital wind conditions are monitored and burns are only lit on still days, including the days following as fires can break out several days after the burn has been conducted.”

The end of the fire danger period will be an opportunity for some landowners to burn-off,  but people still need to check local conditions are safe beforehand and they are abiding by local council laws. 

Landowners are encouraged to register their burn-off online at or call 1800 668 511. If possible, landowners should also notify their neighbours and others nearby. 

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