A BACKYARD burn-off has resulted in a stern warning to a Warrnambool resident as the CFA urged people to be aware of the rules regarding incinerators.
Firefighters were called to a house in Crawley Street over concerns about a fire that a resident had lit in a 44-gallon drum in his backyard.
CFA senior station officer Dave Ferguson said the man wasn’t aware of the requirements regarding burning rubbish.
“Within Warrnambool, you can’t (use an incinerator) at all — incinerators are banned completely under local law,” Mr Ferguson said.
He said that during the fire danger period incinerators can be used outside Warrnambool, but they must be at least three metres from flammable materials and buildings, the wind must be below 10 kilometres an hour and the incinerator must meet safety requirements.
While burn-offs and incinerators can be used under certain situations, Mr Ferguson said he would “suggest people don’t do it at all this time of year”.
“We’ve got really dry conditions and even small fires can escape and get into a grass area or a shed.”
He said the Crawley Street resident was given a warning.
“He was trying to do the right thing,” Mr Ferguson said.
“There can be quite heavy fines for doing this kind of stuff.”
Incinerator regulations and other laws about burn-offs can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au