Information for Schedule 13 Permits
In Victoria, burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period is permitted provided that you have the appropriate permission documentation and adhere to the specified conditions.
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Victorian Farmers wanting to undertake windrow burning in the Victorian Mallee will require a Schedule 13 permit. The Schedule 13 permit is issued by the Municipalities and the CFA advises the council in relation to timing and conditions, so farmers will need to approach their local council and complete an application.
As a guide, we have included types of conditions that will likely appear on the 2015 permits. Please realise that these will be made specific to your situation on the permit you receive.
The conditions of the permit
- The permit is NOT valid on a day of TOTAL FIRE BAN
- The person performing the burning operation to which the permit relates must be in possession of the permit or a copy of it.
- Notice of intention to conduct a burning operation must be given between 2 and 24 hours before the burning is to commence—
- to each owner or occupier of land contiguous with the area to be burned; and
- to the officer in charge of the fire brigade in whose area the burning is to take place, by telephoning the officer in charge on (insert telephone number); and group officer
- to the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), on 1800 668 511, or 1300 811639, other means of notification specified on the ESTA Internet site (esta.vic.gov.au/ home page/ register your burn-off here) or the Country Fire Authority Internet site (www.cfa.vic.gov.au /home page/ for advise only).
- If the area to be burned is within 3 kilometres of any State forest, national park or protected public land, notice of the intention to burn must be given to the appropriate forest officer between 2 and 24 hours before the burning is to commence. Ph LOCAL DEWLP OFFICE
- Before commencing a burning operation, a fire break must be prepared around the perimeter of the area to be burned, which is—
- 3 metres wide (being a minimum width of 1×5 metres) and cleared of all flammable materials;
- not less than metres wide (being a minimum width of 1×5 metres) and thoroughly wetted down while the fire is within 3 metres of the wetted area.
- Burning off must not commence before 01.00 hrs on each day of the burning operation.
- Every reasonable precaution must be taken that only the material specified in this permit is burned. Any other material catching alight must be extinguished immediately.
- Until all fires lit under this permit have been completely extinguished—
- the perimeter of the burning area must be continuously monitored; and
- an adequate number of adults and adequate fire suppression equipment or appliances must be present.
- If in the vicinity of the area to be burned, the shade temperature exceeds 32 degrees celsius or the average wind speed exceeds 15 kilometres per hour—
- burning operations must not be commenced; or
- If burning operations have commenced all fires must be extinguished as soon as possible.
- All fires must be extinguished before sunrise on the day following the day on which they were lit.
- Additional conditions
- No more than 100 hectares alight at any time.
- 3 adults must be in attendance while the fire is alight.
- Minimum amount of mobile water that must be available for fire-fighting is 1000 litres.
- Weather conditions must be monitored during the burning operation.
- The burnt area must be patrolled once burning has been completed.
- Failure to comply with all the conditions of the permit will incur a fine or imprisonment
- Current penalty 120 units or imprisonment for 12 months or both
- Current value of the unit can be obtained for the government website
Photo: Windrow burning in Mallee farming systems Source: Daniel Linklater
For further information on narrow windrow burning:
Try the web site for the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative
There is also plenty of information on narrow windrow burning on the GRDC website, http://grdc.com.au/ through a search of “narrow windrow burning”.
Contacts for Local DELWP Offices
308-390 Koorlong Avenue,
(03) 5051 4500
324-330 Campbell St.,
Swan Hill, 3585
(03) 5036 4800
The information this article is based upon was provided by the Country Fire Authority in Swan Hill.