Fire restrictions for summer 2019/20 began last Monday, December 9, 2019. That means no burning off.
If you do burn off and someone reports the fire, two things will happen:
- The CFA will arrive to put it out, and
- The police will arrive to impose a mandatory $1000 fine.
From now until the end of the fire season, some time in 2020, there will be no more burning off so deadfall, twigs, dry leaves etc will have to be broken up and put in the green bin.
Unfortunately, the gums don’t stop dropping branches just because there are fire restrictions. This is a pic of a huge branch that fell on my property just a few days ago:
It’s hard to get an idea of how big the branch is until you get a glimpse of the trunk of the gum tree behind it [outlined in red].
I had the branch cut up and carted away, but all the small stuff remains. What to do with it?
I’ll be filling the green bin with as much as I can, but the rest will have to be piled up in a large open area down the back. I hate having so much flammable material on the block, but if a fire does come through, at least it will burn in splendid isolation…I hope.
Next Friday, December the 20th, will be a bad fire danger day with 41 C forecast, so prepare what you can now, and if you do intend to leave, do it long before anything nasty starts. The roads around Nth Warrandyte get clogged up very quickly. Don’t get caught.
To those living south of the Yarra river, your Fire Restrictions will start tomorrow, Monday the 16th of December, 2019.