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Safe burn-offs a priority

Safe burn-offs a priority

CFA is asking Victorians to take extreme care when burning off following 115 out-of-control burn-offs across the state during early spring.
To avoid a further spike, CFA is urging residents who have recently undertaken burn-offs, or who are preparing to, to take extra precautions over the coming weeks as weather conditions become warmer and drier with challenging gusty winds.
The out-of-control private burn-offs caused some of the recent fires in East Gippsland and Berringa served as a timely reminder for residents to ensure they are aware of burn-off safety measures and are prepared before ignition.
CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said he encourages Victorians to take advantage of the window of opportunity to clean up their properties before the bushfire season but to make safety a priority when doing so.
"It is imperative that residents register their burn-off and check the local conditions on the day, as well as coming days," CO Heffernan said.
"Conditions can change quickly, and fires can get out of control within minutes in hot and windy conditions. As we saw recently with the East Gippsland fires, the effects of an out-of-control fire can be devastating.

IMAGE: A landowner burning off. (PS)

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