Fire Restrictions

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

The Fire Danger Period is NOT the same thing as a Total Fire Ban.

The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October in some municipalities, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May.

Find out what you can and can’t do during the declared Fire Danger Period, and on days of Total Fire Ban, when fires in the open air are legally restricted on the CFA’s – Can I or Can’t I page

Local municipality (council or shire) restrictions:

Your local council or shire may have their own local laws about lighting fires.  Please view the burning by-laws for your area on the Mornington Peninsula Shire or Frankston Council websites.

Before burning off:

  • Ensure you are complying with local by laws Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston Council
  • Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn
  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
  • Check the fuel moisture conditions
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.
    Register your burn-off

All burn-offs should be registered with ESTA on 1800 668 511.

Please provide the following information about your burn-off when registering:

  • Location
  • Date and expected start and finish times
  • Estimated size
  • What you intend to burn

Unregistered burn-offs can cause brigades to be called out unnecessarily.