Fire bans in force

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FIRE restrictions come into force in Kingston on Monday 18 December.

This means fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from the CFA or Kingston Council municipal fire prevention officers.

Lighting a fire in the open without a permit can bring a penalty of $22,000 and/or 12 months jail.

Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not need a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces.

I incinerators, chainsaw and lawn mowers, welding and grinding equipment and vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with internal combustion engines are permitted under certain conditions.

A total fire ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day unless there is a specific exemption or special permit issued.

This applies irrespective of the Fire Restriction status for a given municipality.

Further details at cfa.vic.gov.au/can online.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 13 December 2017

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