A call-out to a fire at Nullawarre has prompted a reminder to register burn-offs with the CFA.
Warrnambool CFA operations officer Paul Marshall said Nullawarre and Mepunga fire brigades were called to a grass and scrub fire on Rowans Road in Nullawarre about 7.30pm on Tuesday.
He said once on the scene, firefighters established that the fire was an under control burn-off.
Mr Marshall said it was a timely reminder of the importance of registering planned burns.
“We are coming into the drier months and those intending to burn-off need to notify Vic Fire of their intentions to do so, as well as ensure that they have the required permit,” he said.
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In the lead up to fire season, CFA declares the Fire Danger Period (FDP) for each municipality depending on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.
The FDP is usually declared as early as October and typically remains in place until about May.
But Mr Marshall said fire restrictions were already being introduced to some eastern parts of the state.
“This is substantially earlier than normal but it is due to the drier conditions to that part of the state,” he said.
“We can reasonably expect that fire restrictions will be declared earlier in the south-west, but that will be determined as the weather changes and the community will be notified by the media.”
Burn-offs can be registered by calling Vic Fire on 1800 668 511 or notifying emergency services online.
In other news, Powercor crews were called to a property in Cooriemungle after a power line fault on Tuesday.
A Powercor spokeswoman said strong winds blew a tin tank lid into a service wire about 8.20pm.
“Crews repaired the line and restored power to the two impacted customers just before midnight,” she said.
“The crew that attended the site reported there was no fire associated with this incident.”